Gordon on Sereno appointment as CJ : a 'Mistake'

Gordon on Sereno appointment as CJ : a 'Mistake'

It was a mistake to appoint her as Chief Justice.

Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chair Senator Richard Gordon was interviewed by Karen Davila in her ANC show titled Headstart  and was asked about the Chief Justice Maria Loudes Sereno’s possible impeachment in July.

Chief Justice Sereno is facing a full blown impeachment trial after the House of Representatives Justice Committee chair Rey Umali and members voted 38-2 that there is probable cause to impeach Sereno over alleged culpable violation of the Constitution, corruption, betrayal of public trust and other high crimes. *
Senator Richard Gordon (photo credit to owner)

The submission of the articles of impeachment still needs to undergo an approval in the plenary. Its only when the articles of impeachment is properly endorse to the senate, the latter will convene itself into an impeachment court.

In the show, the senator was asked about his opinion regarding the appointment of Chief Justice Sereno, and outright Gordon said that former President Benigno Aquino III made a mistake when he appointed Maria Lourdes Sereno as the top magistrate of the Supreme Court because she was too young.

"You’re putting a young lady before seasoned veterans of the law, seniors....I thought that was a mistake because when you appoint somebody that young, politically, realistically, babangga-banggain 'yan," Senator Richard Gordon said.

"She might be there for the next 17 years. Wala nang pag-asa yung iba. They will be watching her and she will be living on tenterhooks," the senator said.

Sereno became the first female chief justice at the young age of 52 years old  in 2012 after former Chief Justice Reynato Corona was impeached by the Aquino administration.

Lawyer Lorenzo Gadon was the one who initiated the complaint against the Chief Justice, he alleges that the Chief Justice has violated the Constitution, betrayal of public trust, corruption, and other high crimes- hence he should be removed from her position via impeachment.   *

Only a few days ago the Solicitor General Jose Calida filed before the Supreme Court a quo warranto petition asking it to void  CJ Sereno's appointment due to alleged misdeclaration of wealth.

 Report from ABS CBN


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