Sereno re­ceives copy of com­plaint against her

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

THE camp of Chief Jus­tice Maria Lour­des Sereno on Fri­day con­firmed re­ceipt of a copy of the im­peach­ment com­plaint filed against the Supreme Court (SC) chief by lawyer Lorenzo Gadon.

The House com­mit­tee on jus­tice last Wed­nes­day found Gadon's com­plaint "suf­fi­cient in form and sub­stance" by a vote of 304.

The com­plaint ac­cuses Sereno of cor­rup­tion, be­trayal of pub­lic trust and cul­pa­ble vi­o­la­tion of the con­sti­tu­tion.

Sereno was given 10 days to re­spond to the com­plaint.

Cruz said the high court chief will ex­plain in her an­swer why the com­plaint lodged against her should be junked.

Sereno's camp ear­lier said that Gadon's com­plaint should not have been declared to be suf­fi­cient in form and sub­stance as all allegations lev­eled against Sereno are un­true, un­sup­ported by ev­i­dence and only rely on hearsays and news clip­pings.

But de­spite the fil­ing of the com­plaint, Cruz said Sereno re­mains com­mit­ted to her du­ties at the Supreme Court "and con­tin­ues to pur­sue the ju­di­cial re­form agenda even as the im­peach­ment process un­folds."

"Chief Jus­tice Sereno has al­ways been a staunch de­fender of the Ju­di­ciary and our democ­racy, and has al­ways ex­er­cised ut­most com­pe­tence, in­tegrity, pro­bity, and in­de­pen­dence in her of­fi­cial con­duct and in the per­for­mance of her func­tion," Cruz said. (Keith A. Calayag/Sun­Star Philip­pines)

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