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May ibubuga pa si lolo! Enrile to join prosecution panel in Sereno impeachment


The camp of Chief Justice Sereno will be in for a rough ride once the impeachment saga reaches the Senate.

Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile is set to join the prosecution panel from the House of Representatives, Manila Standard columnist Alejandro Del Rosario wrote Friday (March 9).

Del Rosario said he got clearance from Enrile himself to announce that he will be one of the prosecutors in the impeachment trial.

Joining Enrile in the panel are lawmakers such as House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and justice committee chair Reynaldo Umali.

Enrile, 94, was the presiding judge in the impeachment trial of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012.

Corona was convicted for failing to declare all of his assets in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth. He was found to have, among others, P80 million in peso accounts and $2.4 million in U.S. dollar accounts, that were not his SALN.

Meanwhile, Sereno is accused of, among others, misdeclaring her wealth and failing to submit all of her SALNs to the Judicial and Bar Council when she applied for Chief Justice.

The House leadership has moved the voting schedule for Sereno’s impeachment to May to give time to the Supreme Court to decide on the quo warranto petition filed against the Chief Justice.