2 lawmakers to endorse new impeachment complaint vs CJ Sereno

admin   •   August 7, 2017   •   6587


MANILA, Philippines — There are 27 articles of impeachment with 54 pages and more than 250 page attachments.

This is the whole impeachment complaint that the lawyer and former senatorial candidate Larry Gadon plans to file against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

But unlike the first filed impeachment complaint against the chief justice there are two lawmakers who showed interest in endorsing it.

“Dalawang mag-eendorse, ayaw lang ipasabi ang pangalan,” said Atty. Gadon. “Ang usapan namin ay itong next week, ako’y babalik doon upang finally ay mai-submit ko na ito sa Office of the Secretary General of the House of Representatives.”

(Translation: There will be two endorsers, but they don’t want to be named yet. We agreed that I will return next week to finally submit this [complaint] to the Office of the Secretary General of the House of Representatives.)

Aside from this, the complaint identified some officials of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) and employees under the office of CJ Sereno who may possibly be called upon or subpoenaed by Congress in case the complaint pushes through.

“Sila kasi yung nasa Office of the Chief Justice na nakakaalam sa mga papeles tungkol dun sa mga travel allowances and yung ibang papeles dun na pwedeng ipa-subpoena ng House sakaling mag-conduct ng hearing,” said Gadon.

(Translation: These are the ones from the Office of the Chief Justice who know about the documents regarding the travel allowances and other papers that the House may subpoena in case they conduct a hearing.)

Another complaint by Gadon is the purchasing of a luxury car of Chief Justice Sereno worth P5.1 million aside from the millions spent to bullet proof the car.

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) were the first to file a complaint against the chief justice but no lawmaker endorsed it. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

JBC now accepting application for SC justice post after Gesmundo’s CJ appointment

Robie de Guzman   •   April 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) announced it is now accepting applications and recommendations for the vacant Supreme Court Associate Justice post following the recent promotion of Alexander Gesmundo as Chief Justice.

In a document posted by the Supreme Court Public Information Office, the JBC said applications and recommendations for the said post, as well as the documentary requirements, will be accepted until May 10.

“Interested applicants must visit the official JBC website and access the online application scheduler between 8 a.m. and 12 midnight, not later than May 10,” the JBC said.

Among the documentary requirements that must be submitted are application letter or recommendation letter with conforme, Personal Data Sheet, transcript of law school records, PSA issued birth certificate, certificates of admission to the Bar with Bar rating, employment, clearances from the Office of the Ombudsman, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine National Police, medical exam results, income tax returns, and Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth.

The JBC said that the digitized versions of the documentary requirements they will submit must be “complete” and “accurate.”

The JBC is a constitutional office that accepts, screens, and nominates appointments to the judiciary.

It will then submit a list of nominees to President Rodrigo Duterte for selection.

Duterte has 90 days from vacancy to appoint a new SC magistrate.

3 magistrates in JBC shortlist as next SC chief justice

Robie de Guzman   •   March 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Monday submitted its shortlist of candidates for the next Supreme Court chief justice to President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a document released to the media, three Supreme Court magistrates made it to the list of candidates. These are Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Alexander Gesmundo and Ramon Paul Hernando.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, a member of the JBC, earlier said that only Perlas-Bernabe, Gesmundo, and Hernando have completed the requirements for the application for the position.

Two other most senior associate justices of the Supreme Court – Marvic Mario Victor Leonen and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa – did not submit their requirements, prompting the JBC to rule out their inclusion in the shortlist.

It has been a tradition to automatically nominate the five most senior high court justices to the top judiciary post.

The JBC is tasked to vet all applicants and nominees for vacancies in the judiciary and to shortlist the qualified candidates.

The president’s pick will replace Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta who is set to retire on March 27.

Peralta will retire from service a year ahead of his mandatory retirement at the age of 70 after the Supreme Court en banc approved his application for early retirement last January.

The chief executive has 90 days from the vacancy to appoint a new top magistrate.

PACC chair Dante Jimenez passes away at 68

Maris Federez   •   January 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) chairperson Dante Jimenez has passed away due to an aortic aneurysm. He was 68.

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) president Arsenio “Boy” Evangelista confirmed Jimenez’s death on his Facebook page.

“It is with deep sadness the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) officially announces the demise of its Founding Chairman Dante La Jimenez last Friday, January 29, 2021, due to an Aortic Aneurysm,” Evangelista said.

He also shared on his post the official statement of the family of Jimenez.

“We, his family will miss him dearly as we have lost a loving family man and a passionate anti-crime crusader,” the post said.

Jimenez was the founding chairman of VACC before his appointment to PACC in January 2018.

“Chairman Dante leaves behind an irreplaceable void. However, we at VACC will honor his memory by continuing the crusade with a greater sense of purpose and commitment,” the VACC board said.

Malacañang, on Saturday, offered its condolences to Jimenez’s family.

“The Palace expresses its condolences to the family, loved ones and colleagues of Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chairperson Dante Jimenez who died of aortic aneurysm last night, January 29, 2021,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

“PACC Chair Jimenez spent most of his productive life advocating a just and peaceful society for Filipinos by fighting criminality and corruption. He believed and shared President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s centerpiece program, which is the campaign against illegal drugs, crime and corruption, and had served the Duterte Administration as Chair of PACC and Co-Chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). He would be dearly missed,” he added. —/mbmf


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