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No surprises! Calida: Junking of impeach raps vs. SC justices expected

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Solicitor General Jose Calida said he already saw the writing the on the wall regarding the impeachment complaints against seven Supreme Court (SC) magistrates who voted for the removal of ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

“As expected and as the OSG (Office of the Solicitor General) said before, the impeachment cases against Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, and Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr, and Alexander Gesmundo will not see the light of day,” he said in a statement on Tuesday (Sept. 11).

The House committee on justice lead by Oriental Mindoro 1st District Rep. Salvador Leachon has junked the impeachment complaint against the justices that was filed by Albay 1st District Rep, Edcel Lagman, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, and Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Baguilat Jr.

“The OSG and the Filipino people laud the House Committee on Justice for junking these frivolous impeachment cases against the ‘True Magnificent Seven’ who just performed their solemn duty of interpreting the Constitution even in the face of strong political and social currents,” Calida said.

“The decisive action of Chairman Salvador Leachon and the 23 members of the Committee preserved the independence of the judiciary from baseless attacks of opposition legislators,” he pointed out.

With this, Calida advised Lagman and other opposition lawmakers not to turn their ire to the legislators who junked the complaint.

“Will you now turn your ire on the committee members because they did not follow your flawed constitutional interpretation?” asked Calida.