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2 impeach moves filed vs Sereno

By BEN ROSARIO

Two impeachment moves seeking to oust Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno were filed yesterday but were not expected to take off due to lack of endorser.

VACC FOUNDING CHAIRMAN AND PRESDIENT Dante Jimenez, shows the impeachement complaint field agaisnt Supreme COurt Chief Justice Ma Lourdes Serreno  at the the OFfice of the Sgt-at-Arms of the . House of Representatvies in QUezon City, Aug 2, 2017.  (Mark Balmores)

VACC FOUNDING CHAIRMAN AND PRESDIENT Dante Jimenez, shows the impeachement complaint field agaisnt Supreme COurt Chief Justice Ma Lourdes Serreno at the the OFfice of the Sgt-at-Arms of the . House of Representatvies in QUezon City, Aug 2, 2017. (Mark Balmores)

As of press time yesterday, the 12-page impeachment complaint of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the Vanguards of the Philippines Inc. was filed before the Office of House Secretary General Cesar Pareja.

Lawyer Larry Gadon, president of the PDU30 Constitutional Reform for Federalism and a senatorial candidate in the 2016 national elections, said he expected several congressmen to endorse his 54-page complaint against Sereno.

However, Gadon admitted that he will be forced to file the complaint despite the absence of an endorser.

“Several House members have given assurances that they will support the complaint. We expect them to endorse it today or tomorrow. Definitely, the complaint will be filed today, whether or not it will be backed up by an endrosement,” said Gadon.

VACC founding chairman Dante Jimenez and VPCI president Eligio Mallari cited “five major issues affecting the competence” of Sereno as they accused her of culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust and graft.

It will be recalled that the VACC has also sought the impeachment of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. The complaint never got off first base for failing to get an endorsement from a House member.

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