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Amid calls for resignation, Lacson says Sereno deserves day in impeachment court

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By: Xave Gregorio

As judges and court employees called for Chief Justice on leave Maria Lourdes Sereno to resign, Senator Ping Lacson urged to let her face the Senate impeachment court.

“Every person is entitled to his or her day in court. It’s as simple as that. CJ Sereno is not an exception,” Lacson said Monday (March 12) in an interview with ANC.

His statement comes as judges and court employees released a statement calling for Sereno to resign during the second “Red Monday” flag ceremony, where some justices and employees wore red in support of the Supreme Court (SC) en banc to cause Sereno to take an indefinite leave.

“The pending impeachment proceedings in recent months have put the entire judiciary in disrepute, thereby affecting the honor and integrity of its justices, judges, officials and rank and file personnel,” said Philippine Judges Association, Philippine Association of Court Employees, SC Assembly of Lawyer Employees, SC Employees Association and the Sandiganbayan Employees Association said in a joint statement.

“Its officials and personnel, truly dedicated and conscientious public servants, cannot go through another set of hearings and go against each other again at the Senate,” they said further.

The House justice committee is set to meet again on Wednesday (March 14), to vote on the committee report setting forth the articles of impeachment, which will be sent to plenary for voting.

A one-third vote of the 292-member House of Representatives will impeach Sereno and send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, which would convene as impeachment court.

Even as House leaders are keen on waiting for the SC to rule on the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General seeking to void Sereno’s appointment, the Senate’s preparations for the possible impeachment trial is in full swing, with Senate President Koko Pimentel finalizing the impeachment rules, senators brushing up on laws and getting their measurements taken for the robes they could wear.

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