25 lawmakers endorse impeachment complaint vs Sereno

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – At least 25 members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, August 30, endorsed an impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

The complaint, filed by lawyer Larry Gadon, was submitted to the House Secretary General at around 6:30 pm.

It's the first valid impeachment complaint against the Chief Justice. (READ: VACC seeks Chief Justice Sereno impeachment)

Gadon, speaking to reporters, said among the main points of the complaint was Sereno's alleged failure to be truthful in her Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth, tax misdeclarations, and unauthorized expenses.

He also raised Sereno's travel expenses and allowances she had supposedly given her staff. The lawyer also cited Supreme Court resolutions that were questioned by its justices because they did not go through the en banc.  

As of filing, the following lawmakers endorsed the complaint:

Gadon said he expects more lawmakers to endorse the complaint. At least 3 of those who already affixed their signatures – Abueg, Hernandez, and Garcia – are deputy speakers of the House. 

The lawyer was supposed to file the complaint much earlier but had to wait because lawmakers had to go through it and he had to secure documents from the Supreme Court itself.

The High Court had earlier approved requests – from Gadon and other groups – to release documents that would back their impeachment complaints. Gadon said he expects to get more documents, including Sereno's SALNs from 2010 onwards, in the coming days. – Rappler.com