After inviting a magistrate of the Supreme Court, the House of Representatives now wants a Sandiganbayan justice to appear at the impeachment hearing of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
The House justice committee has issued a subpoena to Justice Geraldine Faith Econg after her named was mentioned during the November 29 hearing.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro identified Econg as the head of the Judiciary Decentralized Office Region 7, which Sereno created through an administrative order in 2012.
De Castro argued that the JDO was illegally created, and that Sereno “misled” the other SC justices into believing she was only reviving the Regional Court Administration Office (RCAO).
As head of the JDO-7 Program Management Office, Econg was not under Court Administrator Midas Marquez.
While a subpoena has been issued to Econg, it remains to be seen if she will attend since the judiciary is a co-equal branch of the legislature.
The Supreme Court en banc only allowed its justices and employees to attend the impeachment hearings on Sereno.