Representative of Albay Edcel Lagman Akbayan representative Tom Villarin and Magdalo representative Gary Alejano have announced their intention to file indictments against Supreme Court judges
MANILA, Philippines – Opposition MPs want to indict the eight judges of the Supreme Court (SC) who have recalled Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice.
Representatives of Albay, Edcel Lagman, representatives of Akbayan, Tom Villarin, and Magdalo representative Gary Alejano made various intentions to file indictments against the following judges:
- Judge Teresita Leonardo-de Castro
- Judge Diosdado Peralta
- Judge Lucas Bersamin
- Judge Francis Jardeleza
- Associate Justice Samuel Martires
- Associate Justice Noel Tijam
- Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr
- Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo
Your proposed indictment against impeachment Members of the High Court come days after the SC granted 8-6 to grant the petition for the exclusion of Sereno annulling Sereno's appointment.
In a statement on Friday, May 18, Lagman said, "The immutable rule is that injustice does not pay." (19659007) "When magistrates sworn to back the constitution undermine the basic law by presuming jurisdiction over an impahable official, they deserve to be indicted," Lagman. He said the eight judges were "responsible" for culpably violating the constitution and betraying public trust by relieving Sereno per quo warorialo.
The 1987 Constitution allows only the dismissal of imperial functionaries such as the major justice by impeachment by the House of Representatives, then sentencing by the Senate, which sits as a charge.
"No other procedure is allowed, certainly not a departure from a quo warando action," Lagman said.
Lagman's block in the house will publish his statement on the planned charges against the judges of the SC on Tuesday, May 22nd.
The list of Magdalo party of Alejano, who had previously filed the failed complaint A lawsuit against President Rodrigo Duterte, who criticized the indictment of the judges, was the best way to save the integrity of the judiciary.
"We firmly believe that filing indictments against the judges is the only viable means to correct this mistake and save the integrity of the Supreme Court from the Filipino people," Magdalo said in a statement.
"As opposed to what the judges exercised, we want to pursue the legal route on the basis of the constitutional plan," the statement added.
Will the planned indictments receive public support? Villarin believes that.
"This conspiracy against the eight judges will gain ground over the next few days, because I believe that civil society groups, including legal and private sector lawyers, will support this move," Villarin said during the Serye -Forums on Thursday, May 17.
However, a majority of MEPs in this House are followers of Duterte, who publicly declared Sereno his "enemy" and told Congress to speed up the lawsuit against them
The House Justice also approved the charges against Sereno after months of hearings.
It was during these hearings, as well as during the hearing, when the other judges had published "True Feelings Against Sereno" that prompted the then Chief Justice to seek their inhibitions in the Quo-Warando case. (READ: Sereno wants to prevent SC's "denying" justice from preventing the case)
On Thursday, Sereno himself called Duterte to resign and slammed the president's pivot point against China. – Rappler.com