MANILA, Philippines — Does non-public complainant Larry Gadon have personal knowledge—a requirement within the endorsement for impeachment criticism—on his allegations in opposition to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno?
During the controversy on whether or not Gadon’s criticism was ample in type, members of the House of Representatives Committee on Justice requested whether or not Gadon has personal knowledge on his complaints in opposition to Sereno, some of which embody points raised in inner memoranda of the Supreme Court.
Gadon, a defeated senatorial candidate for the Marcos-era Kilusang Bagong Lipunan and a Duterte Youth lawyer, alleged that Sereno dedicated culpable violation of the structure, corruption, betrayal of public belief, and different excessive crimes.
A complete of 25 House members endorsed of Gadon’s criticism.
Zarate: Gadon lacks personal knowledge
Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate stated that upon studying the criticism, he discovered that Gadon lacks personal knowledge on his accusations in opposition to the chief justice.
“I don’t think complainant Gadon was present when these things happened or took place,” Zarate identified.
Gadon alleged that the chief justice has, on a number of instances, manipulated the shortlist of the Judicial and Bar Council, the place she sits as chairperson. The JBC is a constitutional physique tasked to display candidates to the judiciary and the Office of the Ombudsman.
“There is already defect. Clearly, kung babasahin mo nga, probably binasa niya yung newspaper clippings,” Zarate stated.
Gadon, in his criticism, cited information stories of an inner memorandum signed by Associate Justice Teresita De Castro flagging a number of administrative orders signed by Sereno that allegedly had been handed for approval with out the consent of the SC in full courtroom.
Some of the memorandum questioned the appointment of a Philippine Judicial Academy (Philja) official and provision of journey allowances of Sereno’s workers. Gadon additionally claimed that Sereno “falsified” a number of resolutions of the SC, non permanent restraining orders (TROs), and even “failed to truthfully disclose her Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth or SALN.”
The chief justice, Gadon claimed, additionally dedicated corruption when “she used public funds to finance her extravagant and lavish lifestyle by ordering the purchase of a brand-new luxurious Toyota Land Cruiser 2017” as her personal car.
Zarate argued: “If we base on news reports, these are clearly hearsay. This proceeding should not be used as fishing expedition proceeding.”
Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka Bag-ao echoed Zarate’s sentiment: “Karamihan ng sinabi niya, wala siyang personal knowledge.”
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman additionally scrutinized Gadon’s allegations cited within the memorandum of Justice De Castro. “All matters pending deliberation and determination by the Supreme Court itself.”
Lagman stated the SC in its August 15 resolutio denied Gadon’s request to be furnished with De Castro’s memorandum. “Since these are pending in the Supreme Court, then they cannot be used in the complaint.” Lagman stated.
Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali,committee chairman, stated that Gadon’s allegations should not rumour regardless of being sourced from information stories.
“Let me emphasize that the verification does not limit it to personal knowledge. It also covers facts based on authentic documents and what else could be more authentic than a resolution issued by the Supreme Court,” he stated.
The panel voted 30-Four to declare the Gadon criticism ample in type.