By Ellson Quismorio
Up to six incumbent Supreme Court (SC) Justices are willing to testify against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for the sake of “saving” the Judiciary, lawyer Lorenzo Gadon said on Wednesday.
“Lately, I received a message from a very reliable person who is also my friend who told me that there are three more Justices who are willing to testify voluntarily even if they are not invited [by the House Justice Committee],” Gadon told reporters in a chance interview.
The Duterte administration supporter gave the statement just minutes after the Justice panel chaired by Oriental Mindoro 2nd district Rep. Reynaldo Umali declared his impeachment complaint against Sereno sufficient in form and in substance.
Last month, Gadon revealed that “two-to-three” Justices sent him feelers regarding their willingness to testify against Sereno “if they will be invited by the House Committee on Justice.”
Gadon declined to identify the six Justices.
He said they would bring the total number of potential magistrate-witnesses to six. “Mga active yan.”
“According to them, they want to save the [Supreme] Court and the Judiciary from what I’ve been complaining about,” Gadon said when asked by a reporter what swayed the Justices into wanting to testify against Sereno.
Gadon, president of the PDU30 Constitutional Reform to Federalism movement, is accusing the Chief Justice of culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust, corruption, and other high crimes for what Gadon called her alleged litany of lapses, including untruthful declaration of her wealth.
“I cannot [name them] because yun ang pakiusap nila, wag lang daw muna sila pangalanan kasi puputaktihin sila ng media.”
“Sa hearing na lang,” added the lawyer.
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