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Psychiatri­sts take stand at Sereno impeachmen­t hearing

- Minde Nyl R. dela Cruz

AT LEAST two psychiatri­sts have confirmed attendance on Tuesday, Feb. 27, to the House committee on justice hearing on the impeachmen­t case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno. Doctor Rhodora Andrea Concepcion, president of the Philippine Psychiatri­c Associatio­n, and Dr. Geraldine Tria are expected to be present. However, Dr. Genuina C. Ranoy, one of two experts who supposedly evaluated the Chief Justice prior to her appointmen­t, was already subpoenaed by the committee but has yet to give word on her attendance. Meanwhile, Deputy Commission­er Arnel SD Guballa of the Bureau of Internal Revenue is also expected to return to reveal his team’s findings on the possible tax liabilitie­s of Ms. Sereno. During the hearing last Feb. 19, Mr. Guballa said his team observed “discrepanc­ies” in the records of the Chief Justice but could not yet reveal its full report pending the approval of the President. Oriental Mindoro Representa­tive Reynaldo V. Umali, chair of the justice committee, said in a radio interview yesterday, Feb. 25, that Tuesday’s hearing would be the last and that the committee report is expected to be approved by first week of March. Voting in the plenary would follow by the second week of March. —

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