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House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez advised Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to appear at the House impeachment proceedings, instead of just talking to the media.

“Ang sinasabi ko, dahil nga hindi siya nag-aappear doon sa hearing, talagang paano niya didepensahan yung sarili niya, hindi ba?” said Alvarez in a radio interview.

He said Sereno’s statements to the media did not count as a defense against the allegations made against her in the impeachment hearing. “Tapos maglalabas na lang siya ng mga statement sa media, hindi naman valid yun,” he said.

The Speaker said Sereno’s insinuations that the charges were motivated by personal grudge was baseless.

“Publicity style ito. Ano lang ito, yung parang paraan para ilihis yung totoong usapin dahil hindi na kayang komprontahin yung mismong mga issues,” Alvarez said.

“Kaya kailangan talaga siyang pumunta doon para i-disprove yung mga allegations at yung mga ebidensya na inilahad laban sa kanya. Alam naman niya yan dahil abugado rin iyan, nagpa-practice,” Alvarez said.

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