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Alvarez: SC justices  willing to testify vs CJ

Alvarez: SC justices willing to testify vs CJ

Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez has assured that the House of Representatives will not be selective in hearing the testimonies of the witnesses against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as more witnesses, including SC justices have expressed willingness to appear before the House Committee on Justice to testify on the impeachment complaint against her.

The camp of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno yesterday slammed the decision of the House Committee on Justice to pursue with the impeachment case against her, saying that not one among the allegations leveled against her is true.

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Section 2 of Article XI, Accountability of Public Officers, of the Philippine Constitution provides: “The President, the Vice President, the Members of the Supreme Court, the Members of the Constitutional Commissions, and the Ombudsman may be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust….”

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“It has been noted that public interest lawyers, especially defenders of human rights, have been under increasing attack,” she said in her speech at the 16th National Convention of Lawyers of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Friday night.

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Expectedly, the Supreme Court’s (SC) 9-5-1 decision to allow the burial of former strongman President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) has revived a deeply rooted division between Marcos loyalists and anti-Marcos activists among Filipinos.

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of the Supreme Court spelled out the role of the judiciary in our democratic government at the Meet the Press forum of the court last Thursday. That role, she said, is to “keep the social fabric intact, address the people’s cry for justice, and thereby prevent society’s descent to anarchy.”

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