By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang said it respects the decision of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno not to resign despite calls amid the impeachment complaint filed against her.
Earlier Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque urged Sereno to resign to spare the judiciary from further damage in case another chief justice would get ousted for the second time.
Sereno’s spokesperson lawyer Carlo Cruz said Tuesday that Sereno is staying put and that resignation has never been an option for the Chief Justice.
Roque, in a Palace press briefing this morning, said Malacañang would no longer react on the matter and would just let the process take its course.
“That’s fine. That’s her answer and we let it be from now on. Henceforth, that’s the call of the House and that’s the call of the Senate,” Roque said.
“The suggestion was made to resign so that the constitutional process of impeachment will not have to continue. But since she refused, we will now let the constitutional process of impeachment continue to proceed,” he added.
Meanwhile, Roque said there’s no need any more for the President to file an impeachment complaint against Sereno, and even Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, as these were done already by other individuals.
“He doesn’t really have to file an impeachment complaint against either because I think other individuals have done it for him. And there can only be one impeachment complaint per year,” Roque said.
“We know that the impeachment against the Chief Justice is now being deliberated upon by the [House] committee on justice,” he added.
The Palace official said he expects the committee to resume its hearings on the existence of probable cause after they come back from their recess on November 20.
“So henceforth, our position will be, let the process continue. Let the House take care of the impeachment complaint and after that, we’ll see if it could reach the Senate,” he said.
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