The Supreme Court (SC) en banc unanimously permitted its magistrates to grant the invitation of the House of Representatives to testify at the impeachment hearings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
“As far as the invitation is for the testimony on administrative matters, any official of the Supreme Court who is invited may appear and give testimony if he/she so wishes,” stated SC spokesperson Theodore Te on Tuesday (November 28).
The House invited to attend Justices Teresita Leonardo-De Castro and Noel Tijam as well as retired justice Arturo Brion.
On the other hand, Te said the SC en banc limited De Castro’s testimony on adjudication or matters regarding the decision of cases:
1) On the issuance of the temporary restraining order in the Senior Citizens cases and the exchange of communications between herself and the Chief Justice but not on any matters pertaining to deliberations of the case on the merits;
2) On the clustering case involving the Judicial and Bar Council, De Castro has been authorized to discuss the merits of her main decision but not the deliberations that went into that decision;
3) On the case involving then Solicitor General and now Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Justice De Castro is authorized to discuss the merits of her separate concurring opinion and again not the deliberation that went into the decision as well as her concurring opinion.
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