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Alvarez calls Sereno ‘baliw,’ ‘parang hindi abogado’

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House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez described Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as “crazy” for insisting that she be allowed to cross-examine witnesses in her impeachment case through her lawyers.

“Baliw pala siya. Para siyang hindi abogado. Alam naman niya yung impeachment case… siya yung ini-impeach, hindi yung mga abogado niya,” he said in a radio interview.

“So personal ito, kailangan niyang humarap dito at magpaliwanag. Depensahan yung sarili niya dahil kami naman binibigyan namin siya ng due process,” Alvarez added.

The Speaker said the House committee on justice would give Sereno every opportunity to defend herself. “Kaya nga siya binibigyan ng pagkakataon na humarap dito para makumpronta niya yung nag-accuse sa kanya at yung mga testigo.”

“Ngayon, yung sinasabi niyang right to counsel, okay lang yon kung hindi siya marunong mag-cross examine. Pero kinakailangan siya yung nandito,” Alvarez said.