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Speaker to Sereno: Enjoy, relax, get a checkup


House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday advised Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to relax and “enjoy” her indefinite wellness leave from the judiciary.

“Mag-enjoy muna sya. Mag-relax. Mag-pa-check-up sya,” Alvarez said when asked what he thought of the Chief Justice taking a leave of absence from the court.

At a press conference, the Speaker said there are more than enough grounds to impeach Sereno.

“Yung grunds andyan, yung nakalap natin sa investigation, yun yung magsi-support sa kaso. Halimbawa betrayal of public trust, maraming incidents na magpapatunay ng betrayal. Yung psychiatric exam, halimbawa yun ng betrayal of public trust,” Alvarez said.

He said he was also considering asking the Office of the Solicitor General to question the validity of the Chief Justice’ appointment, considering there were some “requisites” to her post that she did not meet at the time she was picked by former President Noynoy Aquino.

“Dito, merong presumption of validity of appointment, so naglalaro yung utak ko dito, pano yng grounds existing before appointment?” he said.

Alvarez said it was not just an issue of a job applicant with incomplete requirements who still ended up with a job. He compared Sereno’s case to an invalid marriage because one of the partners did not satisfy all the requirements.

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