Solon: Impeachment hearing vs newly appointed CJ may start next week
The House justice committee next week may start impeachment proceedings against
Chief Justice Teresita De Castro, just days after her appointment as the country’s top judge, a congressman said Monday.
Opposition congressmen last week sought the removal of De Castro and 6 other justices
for ousting former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto petition that
allegedly usurped Congress’ power to take out impeachable officers.
The impeachment complaints against the 7 justices are expected to be referred to the House
justice committee when Congress resumes session on Tuesday said panel chairman Mindoro Rep. Doy Leachon.
“[The President] took a gander at [the] certifications [of the three candidates] and offered weight to a position,” said the source.
De Castro—the first of the five judges to affirm against removed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
in the council on equity becoming aware of the prosecution grumbling against her in the House of
Representatives—outranked Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin.
Every one of the three were delegated to the high court by previous President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Malacañang hailed De Castro’s determination minutes after it was declared by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra,
an ex-officio individual from the JBC.
“Bravo! Best decision for Chief Justice,” said presidential representative Harry Roque.
“She has limitlessly more experience than the ex-Chief Justice.”
Guevarra told columnists on Saturday he had been educated that the President’s decision
was “openly declared by Special Assistant Bong Go.”
He said the formal arrangement would be discharged by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Tuesday. Monday is an occasion.
Most limited in SC history
At the point when De Castro accepts office on Tuesday, succeeding Sereno, she will serve
41 days as Chief Justice since she will achieve the compulsory retirement age of 70 on Oct. 8.
She was selected to the Supreme Court on Dec. 4, 2007.
Her term as the best judge will likewise be the most limited in the nation’s history, outperforming
the past record of 75 long periods of Chief Justice Pedro Yap, who served from April 18 to June 30, 1988.
“Her arrangement as Chief Justice is a fitting finale to her famous vocation in both the
[Department of Justice, or DOJ] and the legal,” Guevarra said.
De Castro is required on Tuesday to direct the high court en banc’s booked oral contentions on
the appeal to testing the legitimacy of Mr. Duterte’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute that set up the International Criminal Court.
The human rights legal counselors’ gathering National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) said it
trusted De Castro would reestablish open trust in the most astounding court of the land and address
questions on her autonomy and unprejudiced nature.
“The new Chief Justice should soundly address uncomplimentary perspectives about her autonomy
and fair-mindedness. We require a pioneer who moves and who orders regard and profound respect,” NUPL president Edre Olalia said.
Gathering of Resistance
De Castro’s determination as the nation’s second female Chief Justice came two days after a
gathering of resistance congressmen recorded an arraignment protest against her, Peralta, Bersamin
and four different judges who voted on May 10 to remove Sereno through a quo warranto suit.
Be that as it may, Solicitor General Jose Calida, who brought the body of evidence against Sereno,
said De Castro and the others ought not stress on the grounds that the prosecution case “won’t see the light of day.”
Resounding the claims of the judges, Calida’s quo warranto suit blamed Sereno for absence of honesty
for her assumed inability to completely pronounce her announcements of advantages, liabilities and
total assets (SALNs), and for affirmed impose assertions and unapproved costs.
Sereno looked for the hindrance of De Castro, Peralta, Bersamin and Associate Justices Noel Tijam
and Francis Jardeleza from the case, however they declined to do as such.
In De Castro’s prior House declaration—additionally the first by a sitting Supreme Court equity in a
congressional request—she blamed Sereno for “undermining” the high council by issuing a few requests
The did not mirror the accord of the full court.
Nevertheless, the second time that De Castro had been short-record for the best justice’s post.
In 2012, she likewise competed for the post alongside acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Jose Antonio Carpio and a few others, including Sereno—at that point the most junior equity of the high court—who in the long run got approval of previous President Benigno Aquino III and turned into the nation’s first female Chief Justice.
Open administration profession
Before De Castro’s arrangement to the high court in 2007, the political science graduate of the University of Philippines (UP) filled in as managing equity of the antigraft court Sandiganbayan from Dec. 15, 2004.
A predictable researcher, she graduated cum laude from UP in 1968 and completed law at the best four of her class in 1972, likewise at the state college.
De Castro’s profession in broad daylight benefit started on Feb. 19, 1973, when she joined the Office of the Clerk of Court of the Supreme Court.
From January 1975 to November 1978, she filled in as a lawful legal aide and as individual from the staff of the late Chief Justice Fred Ruiz Castro.
In December 1978, she exchanged to the DOJ where she filled in as state direct 1 and rose through the positions to end up associate boss state advise in 1997.
On the other hand, De Castro led the Sandiganbayan extraordinary division that indicted previous President Joseph Estrada for loot and condemned him to hermitic lifestyle perpetua on Sep. 12, 2007. Estrada, be that , never spent multi day in a correctional facility he absolve by his successor, Arroyo.
Hence, on July 2016, she voted in favor of the arrival of Arroyo and the expulsion of the loot charges documented against her by the Aquino organization regarding the affirmed abuse of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s knowledge stores.
Meanwhile, De Castro penned a 2008 decision maintaining Arroyo’s capacity as President to summon official benefit in the Senate investigation into her charged contribution in a messed up $329-million broadband manage Chinese telecom ZTE Corp.
She was likewise among the judges who contradicted around the same time on the decison pronouncing as illicit and unlawful the update of concession to tribal area between the Arroyo organization and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
In April 2010, not multi-month before the presidential races, De Castro among the judges who vote for permitting Arroyo, whose term finishing on June 30 of that year, to choose the successor to the resigning Chief Justice Reynato Puno, demanding that the legal ought absolve from the race boycott.
Besides, Arroyo at that point designate in May 2010 the late Chief Justice Renato Corona, who impugne in 2012 for nondisclosure of his outside stores in his SALN.
In November 2016, De Castro was additionally among the nine Supreme Court judges who expelled the request of military law casualties dissenting the entombment of Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Hence, the House equity advisory group one week from now may begin prosecution procedures against Chief Justice Teresita De Castro, days after her arrangement as the nation’s best judge, a congressman said Monday.
Meanwhile, Resistance congressmen a week ago looked for the evacuation of De Castro and 6 different judges for expelling previous Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto appeal to that supposedly usurped Congress’ capacity to take out impeachable officers.
Rely on to allude
The reprimand grievances against the 7 judges rely upon to allude to the House equity board when Congress resumes session on Tuesday, said board executive Mindoro Rep. Doy Leachon.
“On the off chance that it allude to us tomorrow, mga September 4, Tuesday one week from now, we’ll begin with the hearing on the arraignment dissension,” he told radio DZMM.
“I might want to beyond any doubt everybody, particularly the complainants and also the respondents, that we will manage this dissension straightforwardly (and) without inclination,” he included.
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, one of the individuals who record the arraignment dissension, before communicating trust that De Castro’s arrangement Chief Justice can at present be reexamine give that Malacañang to discharge her arrangement papers.
De Castro, 69, is the second lady to fill in as boss equity after Sereno, whose arrangement to the high court nullified last May for inability to completely uncover her riches.
De Castro is the most senior individual from the Supreme Court and has served in government for a long time. She was managing equity at the Sandiganbayan against unite court before she joined the best court.