AFTER last week’s hearing before the House justice committee, lawyers of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said the panel should already put the impeachment complaint filed against the chief magistrate to a vote, instead of turning the proceedings into a “dog and pony show.”
Lawyers Joshua Santiago and Aldwin Salumbides, both Sereno’s spokespersons, branded the complaint filed by lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon as “weak,” despite the committee voting that it was sufficient in form and substance in September.
“It is evident that the complaint is very shallow,” Salumbides said. “But since they already decided that it’s sufficient in form and substance, why are they still prolonging the proceedings? Why are they still forcing Gadon to present documents, evidence and witnesses?”
He said the House panel’s moves were “logically incoherent” and “legally questionable.”
“It’s obvious what they’re trying to do: They’re putting on a show, and at the same time, getting a feel of the public,” Santiago said.