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Sereno to run SC?

  • Written by Hector Lawas
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THE camp of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno might challenge before the Supreme Court the legality of
the impeachment proceedings at the House of Representatives.

Lawyer Carlo Cruz, Sereno’s spokesperson, revealed this yesterday. “It’s an option, of
course,” he said.
    
But Cruz said their camp would wait for the final decision of the House committee on justice
on Sereno’s plea for her lawyers to cross-examine witnesses against her before pursuing such an
option.
    
“There’s no plan yet to pursue it at this point. The Chief Justice and her lawyers shall make
their assessment when the House committee on justice re-convenes on November 20,” he explained.
    
Just recently, Malacañang called for her resignation supposedly to spare the judiciary from
further damages from the impeachment case.
    
But Sereno’s camp rejected such call, saying resignation has never been an option for the SC
chief. They also claimed that such call was proof that the charges against her have no basis and would
not stand in a Senate trial.
    
The complaint accused Sereno of betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the
Constitution.
    
The grounds included the alleged misdeclaration in her statements of assets, liabilities and
net worth by supposedly hiding her P30-million earning as government counsel in the arbitration case
involving the expropriation of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.
    
The complaint also cited her supposed extravagant spending of judicial funds by purchasing a
P5-million Toyota Land Cruiser and traveling on first-class flights and staying in expensive hotels.