During the justice committee hearing on Wednesday, 30 members found the Gadon impeachment complaints to be sufficient in form.
It was sufficient in form because the complaints were duly endorsed and verified by 41 lawmakers.
Coop-Natcco Rep. Anthony Bravo, among the lawmaker-endorsers, moved to find the complaint filed by Gadon sufficient in form, citing the need for Congress to look into the allegations that Sereno is unfit to hold public office.
“Same as the charges against court personnel must be acted on by the Supreme Court, so the charges against the Chief Magistrate must be heard by the institution that can hold the Chief Justice accountable – the Congress,” Bravo said.
Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, Akbayan Rep Tom Villarin, and Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman opposed the motion, saying the complaint should fail in form because it was based on newspaper clippings.
But committee chairperson Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali and majority leader Rudy Fariñas vouched that the complaint is based on authentic documents, released by the Supreme Court on Aug. 15.
Fariñas said the Gadon complaint even contained certified true copies of resolutions from the Supreme Court, and the Statement of Assets and Liabilities Networth.
When the vote was called out, at least 30 members of the committee stood up in favor of the impeachment complaint.
The complaint is sufficient in substance if the recital of facts constitute the offenses charged.
Umali said the committee will send the result of the hearings to the defendant, CJ Sereno and will give her 10 days to respond. The committee will also invite Sereno on the succeeding hearings.
Meanwhile, another impeachment complaint filed by Dante Jimenez of VACC failed to convince the House as lawmakers voted 28-5 citing lack in form and substance due to procedural errors. /Julie Balcina/