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EXCLUSIVE: House Speaker says there is probable cause to impeach Chief Justice

EXCLUSIVE: House Speaker says there is probable cause to impeach Chief Justice.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: pep pepDec 8th, 2017

Impeach suits vs 7 magistrates sent to House justice panel

THE House of Representatives yesterday referred to the justice committee the impeachment complaints filed against now Chief Justice Teresita de Castro and six associate justices of the Supreme Court. Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo upon receiving a copy of the complaints from the House Secretary General last week immediately referred it to….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

House panel tasks BIR to look into Sereno’s possible tax liabilities

Since the missing Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno remain missing, the House committee on justice that has been holding hearings on the impeachment case against the top magistrate in the High Court has directed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to begin an investigation on the possible tax liabilities of Sereno, owing to her having failed to file her SALNs for 17 years when she was still a law professor at the University of the Philippines (UP). At the resumption of the impeachment hearing to determine probable cause on the complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon against Sereno, panel chair Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali asked BIR deputy commissioner Arnel Guballa to produce a report on or before February 19 Sereno’s tax payments. Among the basis cited by Gadon in his complaint was Sereno’s alleged failure to declare in her SALN from 2010 to 2016 her earnings as one of the private counsels of the government in the expropriation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in the Piatco case amounting to P30 million. Based on documents Gadon was able to secure, Sereno reportedly filed her SALN in 1998, 2002 and 2006, even as she was employed as a professor by the UP College of Law from 1986 to 2006.Guballa, who submitted the Chief Justice’s income tax return from 2004 to 2009, said Sereno declared her income as a lawyer from a law office.Asked about Sereno’s income tax payments representing her earnings from the Piatco case, Gubala said they are still in the process of investigating this.“We can answer those questions when we will have conducted a formal investigation,” said Guballa, adding they will try to come up with a proposed deficiency or anything with regard to Sereno’s income in two weeks.“We are still collating information. We can answer those questions when we have conducted a formal investigation,” he said.“We will try our best in two weeks. . . . I will try my best to come up with a proposed deficiency or whatever we can made regarding the income the Chief Justice had made,” Guballa added.Sereno’s camp had said the Chief Justice received the Piatco fee in tranches so the full amount does not appear in her 2010 statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth.The camp of Sereno had a statement explaining that “Chief Justice Sereno has accurately and properly declared all her earnings as government co-legal counsel in the PIATCO cases.”Lawyer Josa Deinla, serves as Sereno’s spokeswoman.Deinla added that the BIR has not served any deficiency assessment notice to Sereno during the years she filed her income tax returns.“This only means one thing: All her income tax filings when she was a private lawyer were accurate and proper,” she said.“We are confident that the plan of the House committee to have the CJ’s ITR filings looked into by the BIR would prove that the Chief Justice had paid the corresponding taxes for the income she earned while in private law practice,” she added.Gadon, in an interview at the sidelines of the hearing, lauded the order of the panel to the BIR saying this would bolster his complaint aganst Sereno.“First we got certifications she did not file her SALNs during her tenure with the UP College of Law. Now, we will get a clearer picture of how she might have avoided paying taxes for her earnings on the Piatco case,” said Gadon.“In fact, the statement of the BIR, CJ Sereno declared her earnings from 2004 to 2009 as income for her practice as a lawyer and not as a professor from a state university which is something she should have to explain, too,” the lawyer added.Gadon also said that the action of the justice committee directing the BIR to investigate the tax payments and tax compliance of Sereno is living proof of the principle that the law should apply to all, even to the highest magistrate of the land. Hearing on CJ’s IT consultantIt was also a time for the justice panel to hear from IT consultant Helen Macasaet, who has been paid hefty consultant fees, with a monthly paycheck much higher than what the Supreme Court justices get paid.Macasaet admitted before the committee that she was paid a hefty P250,000 a month as a consultant of the High Court, which is higher than what SC justices are earning.Macasaet defended her consultancy fee saying it was much lower than what she used to earn in her previous engagements.According to Macasaet, she used to earn P925,000 a month as an IT consultant for the GSIS. The House panel is on its 14th hearing on the impeachment case, this time, to determine if there was probable cause to impeach her.In a press statement issued by Gadon, it said that in the hearing conducted yesterday, it turned out that the IT contract of Macasaet was renewed without bidding despite changes in the terms of reference and increase of the amount of more than double the original contract. “It turned out also that the legal staff of Sereno had the whims and caprices of determining the amount of the increase and the renewals in violation of procurement laws . Worse, these violations and anomalies were done with the express approval of Sereno. Even worse , it turned out that the IT consultant was allowed to work at some point without the contract having been signed yet! All the procedures of procurement were clearly violated by Sereno, Gadon said.GMA Online reported that a court attorney from the office of the Chief Justice also yesterday during the hearing confirmed that it was the head staff of the high magistrate who had introduced the IT consultant allegedly anomalously hired by the Supreme Court.“At the resumption of the House Committee on Justice hearing, court lawyer Michael Ocampo from Sereno’s office admitted that he was the one who submitted the curriculum vitae of IT consultant Helen Macasaet who was allegedly hired by Sereno “with an excessive compensation and without public bidding.”He admitted that he submitted the CV of Macasaet to the BAC when he was requested to do so.But when asked if the court lawyer knew Macasaet personally, he said he did not but was introduced to him by CJ’s chief of staff as an IT expert,” referring to lawyer Oliveros.Oliveros eventually admitted that Macasaet is her friend.Oliveros said she can only recommend somebody’s character. I know nothing about the EISP (Enterprise Information System Plan) and about ICT.Oliveros narrated that Sereno told her that the court’s EISP had been stalled for a while, and the position of the chief of the management information system office was vacant at the time.“The chief justice requested a meeting precisely because she wanted to talk, exchange ideas with Ms. Macasaet regarding the state of the EISP. And after that initial meeting she wanted to meet Ms. Macasaet and introduce her to the person in charge of the EISP which was Atty. Michael Ocampo at the Office of the Chief Justice,” she said.Lawyer Jojo Lacanilao, one of Sereno’s spokesmen said there was nothing irregular in Macasaet’s hiring as IT consultant.“The Supreme Court hired Ms. Macasaet from among three choices through negotiated procurement because her services are highly technical in nature and, therefore, exempted from public bidding under Section 53.7 of the 2009 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. 9184,” he said in an earlier press statement.The House justice panel is conducting deliberations to determine probable cause in the impeachment complaint lodged against Sereno.    With GMA online report.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Alvarez wants House to impeach Sereno in May

MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants lawmakers to approve the articles of impeachment against Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno shortly after Congress resumes session in the middle of May. Alvarez said on Wednesday, April 11, that he is eyeing the plenary vote to be ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

Impeachment case vs Sereno okayed today -- House leader

THE Articles of Impeachment and the committee report finding probable cause to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will be approved by the House committee on justice today. “Our committee report and the Articles of Impeachment are now prepared for the approval of panel members,” said committee chairman Oriental Mindoro….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Panel okays impeach articles, report today

THE Articles of Impeachment and the committee report finding probable cause to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will be approved by the House committee on justice today. “Our committee report and the Articles of Impeachment are now prepared for the approval of panel members,” said Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

The traits and triumphs of the country’s top lawyer

The week that was will be remembered in Philippine history as the week the country’s House of Representatives ruled that there was probable cause to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. But for Solicitor General Jose Calida, he will look back on it as a time when he conscientiously fulfilled his duties both as the… link: The traits and triumphs of the country’s top lawyer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

The traits and triumphs of the country’s top lawyer

The week that was will be remembered in Philippine history as the week the country’s House of Representatives ruled that there was probable cause to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. But for Solicitor General Jose Calida, he will look back on it as a time when he conscientiously fulfilled his duties both as the [...] The post The traits and triumphs of the country’s top lawyer appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMar 10th, 2018

Sereno camp: Chief Justice can prove her innocence at Senate impeachment trial

It came as no surprise to the camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno that the House Committee on Justice ruled on Thursday that there was probable cause to impeach her. In a press release, Atty. Jojo Lacanilao, a spokesman for Sereno, said the team had anticipated the lawmakers’ vote as early as September last […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

First Female Chief Justice in Philippines Faces Impeachment

By Andreo Calonzo and Clarissa Batino/bloomberg.com – Philippine lawmakers found probable cause Thursday to impeach one of the country’s highest-ranking women. Maria Lourdes Sereno, the first female chief justice in the Southeast Asian nation, has been an outspoken critic of Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. The justice committee of the House Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource:  thepinoyRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

Opposition lawmakers see no probable cause

OPPOSITION solons slammed the House committee on justice for its decision to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate said there is no probable cause to impeach Sereno because the complainant failed to prove his allegations. For his part, Albay….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

Sereno impeachment cause for Palace joy

MALACAÑANG yesterday hailed a House of Representatives panel’s ruling finding grounds to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. By a vote of 38-2, the House committee on justice on Thursday found the impeachment complaint against Sereno as having probable cause. “Patunay po ito na gumagana ang ating mga proseso na….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

Two lawmakers explain why they voted against finding probable cause in Sereno impeach rap

Two members of the House Committee on Justice on Thursday explained why they voted against the finding of probable cause in the impeachment complaint filed by lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Source link link: Two lawmakers explain why they voted against finding probable cause in Sereno impeach rap.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

House justice committee finds probable cause against Sereno

(UPDATE 23 - 2:02 p.m.) As expected, the justice committee of the House of Representatives on Thursday, March 8, voting 38-2, found probable cause to impeach Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, paving the way for what is widely expected to be her eventual trial by the Senate......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

House panel finds probable cause to impeach Sereno

VOTING 38-2, the Committee on Justice of the House of Representatives found probable cause to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The post House panel finds probable cause to impeach Sereno appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

UPDATE: House justice panel finds probable cause to impeach Sereno

THE justice committee of the House of Representatives has found probable cause to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Voting 38-2 vote, the committee found the evidence presented during the hearings sufficient to try Sereno for corruption, betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution. The vote came after the panel declassified the [...] The post UPDATE: House justice panel finds probable cause to impeach Sereno appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

We’ll find probable cause to impeach Chief Justice — Umali

THE chairman of the House committee on justice said yesterday the public should expect his panel to vote today on the existence of probable cause to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. “A simple reading of the evidence presented and the testimonies of the witnesses and her (Sereno) refusal to….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

House justice panel head girds for Sereno ouster trial in Senate

AHEAD of the scheduled voting this Thursday on the existence of probable cause to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the chairman of the House committee on justice has started picking the members of the 11-man House prosecution panel from more than 40 lawmakers-lawyers even as he declared that the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 4th, 2018

Can a psych report be used in the Sereno impeachment?

AT A GLANCE:  Clinical psychologist Geraldine Tria was the expert witness who helped the House committee on justice "analyze" the charges against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the chief magistrate's answers, and the committee findings from the hearings meant to determine probable cause to impeach her.  Sereno's accusers and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 1st, 2018

House panel to vote on probable cause to oust Sereno next week

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives' Committee on Justice will put to vote the determination of probable cause to impeach Chief Justice Maria.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Sereno stands firm: ‘I’m not considering resignation’

I will not step down. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who is facing impeachment proceedings at the House of Representatives, made that clear in an exclusive interview with the INQUIRERon Wednesday. "I'm not considering resignation. This fight is larger than me," Sereno said, as she fielded questions on a range of topics, from her favorite music genre, to her married life and how her impeachment had affected the Supreme Court. Sereno appeared confident in the face of dogged attempts of President Rodrigo Duterte's allies in the House to impeach. Looking relaxed in a blue buttoned-up blouse, the chief magistrate seemed to accept the fact that any efforts to fend off her ...Keep on reading: Sereno stands firm: ‘I’m not considering resignation’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018