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Makabayan bloc slams House panel ruling vs participation of non-members at Sereno impeach hearing

  The Makabayan bloc at the House of Representatives denounced the justice committee's decision on Wednesday to bar non-members as well as lawyers of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno from participating in its impeachment proceedings.   READ:House panel votes against participation of non-members in Sereno impeach hearings   ACT-Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio asserted that all members of Congress are entitled to participate in the impeachment hearings against Sereno.   "Hindi ito ang unang impeachment na ginawa ng Congress kahit sinong member bsta interesado pinapahintulutang magtanong whether pro or against," Tinio said.   ...Keep on reading: Makabayan bloc slams House panel ruling vs participation of non-members at Sereno impeach hearing.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerNov 22nd, 2017

House panel chair slams Sereno lawyers for calling impeach hearing a ‘dog and pony show’

Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, chair of the House Committee on Justice, on Monday slammed the lawyers of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno after calling the panel's impeachment proceedings against the chief magistrate a "dog and pony show.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 27th, 2017

Sereno camp slams Gadon for using impeach hearing as ‘fishing expedition’

"The people's money should never fund a fishing expedition," the camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said of the House justice committee hearing last Wednesday. Sereno's camp, in a statement on Thursday, denounced the committee and complainant Larry Gadon for supposedly using the impeachment hearing as "a venue for fishing expedition in a desperate and vicious effort to obtain evidence" against the chief magistrate. Lawyer Josa Deinla, one of the spokespersons of Sereno, called it "appalling" for Gadon and some members of the committee "that they had to embark on a 'fishing trip' for evidence." Deinla said that Gadon's several requests to subpoena witnesses and docume...Keep on reading: Sereno camp slams Gadon for using impeach hearing as ‘fishing expedition’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

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

Makabayan bloc files MR on junked petition to intervene on CJ quo warranto case

      Members of the House Makabayan bloc and people's organizations on Tuesday filed a motion for reconsideration (MR) on the Supreme Court's (SC) decision denying their petition to intervene on the quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.   Last April 3, the SC denied, for lack of merit, the group's motion for leave to file motion to intervene in the quo warranto proceedings against the Chief Justice on-leave.   READ: SC asks Sereno to attend oral arguments on quo warranto case     The group maintained that it has "legal interest" on the issue as the Chief Justice "can only be removed from office ...Keep on reading: Makabayan bloc files MR on junked petition to intervene on CJ quo warranto case.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Sereno not surprised over House panel approval of draft impeach case

  It came as no surprise for Chief Justice on-leave Maria Lourdes Sereno, who has been "eagerly" awaiting the House justice committee's approval of the articles of impeachment, as she prepares to face her looming impeachment trial before the Senate.   Lawyer Josa Deinla, one of the spokespersons of Sereno, said they already expected the decision of the House panel, which voted 33-1, ruling in favor of certifying the articles of impeachment against the country's top magistrate.   READ: House panel OKs articles of impeachment vs Sereno     "Hindi naman ikinagulat ng aming kampo kung ano yung narinig nating ulat sa committee on justic...Keep on reading: Sereno not surprised over House panel approval of draft impeach case.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 19th, 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

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

2 SC justices no-shows in Sereno impeach hearing

TWO Supreme Court justices were no-shows at the resumption of the impeachment hearing against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno at the House of Representatives on Monday. Justices Marvic Leonen and Estela Perlas Bernabe were requested to shed light on the hiring of one Helen Macasaet as information technology consultant for P250,000 a month as members [...] The post 2 SC justices no-shows in Sereno impeach hearing appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

House panel on its 14th hearing for Sereno impeachment

MANILA, Philippines – The House Justice Committee is on its 14th hearing to determine probable cause to impeach Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The committee continues to scrutinize internal workings of the Supreme Court on accusations that some of Sereno-sanctioned acts violated ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2018

Makabayan warns against clipping court s judicial power

MEMBERS of the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, January 17, criticized a House panel’s proposal to cancel the power of the Supreme Court to look into complaints against government bodies in the administration’s planned government shift to federalism. Representative Fredenil Castro, chair of the sub-committee on judiciary under the committee on… link: Makabayan warns against clipping court's judicial power.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Two psychiatrists invited to Sereno impeach hearing

MEMBERS of the House Committee on Justice will invite to the succeeding impeachment hearings the psychiatrists who reportedly gave Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno failing marks. At the resumption of the impeachment hearing, chairman of the House Committee on Justice Rep. Reynaldo Umali said they will invite the two psychiatrists….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Lagman asks House panel to allow him to quiz Justice de Castro on impeach raps vs Sereno

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman has appealed to the House Committee on Justice to allow him to pose questions to Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro if she appears in the impeachment hearing against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

SC justices to be invited to CJ impeach hearing

MANILA, Philippines — After failing to make Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno attend a hearing on her impeachment, a House panel decided yesterday to invite.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

SC justices to be invited to CJ impeach hearing

MANILA, Philippines — After failing to make Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno attend a hearing on her impeachment, a House panel decided yesterday to invite Source link link: SC justices to be invited to CJ impeach hearing.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

House panel to summon SC associate justice, reporter at impeach hearing vs Sereno

The House committee on justice would summon a Supreme Court associate justice and a newspaper reporter to substantiate allegations that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno falsified official documents in 2013.   During the House committee hearing on Sereno's impeachment on Wednesday, complainant Atty. Larry Gadon said it was only through reporter Jomar Canlas that he confirmed Sereno's alleged tampering of a temporary restraining order recommended by Associate Justice Teresita De Castro in 2013.   "I first read it in newspaper then I asked the reporter himself to explain to me the incident, and thenI inquired also with some employees at the Supreme Court that I learn...Keep on reading: House panel to summon SC associate justice, reporter at impeach hearing vs Sereno.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

House panel invites Sereno to attend Nov 22 hearing of impeach raps vs her

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno had been invited to attend the hearing of the House Committee on Justice on the impeachment complaint against her......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Makabayan bloc joins Liberal Party-led minority

Members of the House of Representatives’ Makabayan bloc have been accepted as part of the 'minority' bloc composed of Liberal Party legislators and their allies......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

House Makabayan members join Liberal Party-led minority bloc

Makabayan opposition members of the House of Representatives have officially joined the Liberal Party-led minority group at the chamber. LP member Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo wrote a letter to Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday, formally stating their intent to organize as the minority group. A total 22 lawmakers, including previously independent Makabayan members, are already members of the bloc. /vvp ...Keep on reading: House Makabayan members join Liberal Party-led minority bloc.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Makabayan slams Arroyo’s ‘naked power grab’ in House

MANILA, Philippines – Progressive lawmakers forming the Makabayan bloc opposed the speakership of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, calling her a plunderer and murderer. Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate said Filipinos were the “losers” after lawmakers ousted Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez as Speaker and replaced him with ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018