Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno may have been wise to take an early “wellness leave” so she can prepare for her defense in a possible impeachment trial, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Tuesday.
Lacson noted Sereno, like all justices of the Supreme Court, are entitled to a wellness leave, which he said is a regular benefit.
“It could also do her well kasi para mag-prepare siya, ang defense team niya. Almost inevitable kasi ma-transmit ang impeachment complaint sa Senate. At makakabuti talaga na mag-prepare siya ng defense niya sa Senado,” he said.
Besides, he said impeachment involves a “tedious process” that requires preparation.
“Regular yan eh. So why make an issue out of this?” he added, referring to Sereno’s leave.
The House of Representatives earlier held another impeachment hearing on Sereno, with House leaders claiming there is enough basis for an impeachment trial in the Senate.
Under the 1987 Constitution, senators are to act as judges in an impeachment trial.
Lacson said the senators will have to review the rules of the impeachment court, including what happened during the impeachment trial of the late Renato Corona.
“We will have to look again at our rules. Mas maganda i-review namin ang rules kasi ginamit namin yan sa impeachment ni late CJ Corona. And I think it will serve us right in the Senate to review our rules and adopt to whatever changes na pwede namin i-introduce,” he said.
“We are prepared. Siyempre constitutional duty namin yan na mag-convert into an impeachment court. So ready kami roon,” he said.