- Lawmakers filed impeachment complaint against 7 SC Justices
- According to the lawmakers, they violated the Constitution
- The Magnificent 7 will hold a press conference
Four lawmakers have decided to file an impeachment complaint against the 7 Supreme Court justices who voted to oust former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
KAMI learned through Rappler that according to the lawmakers, Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Noel Tijam, Lucas Bersamin, Alexander Gesmundo, Francis Jardeleza, and Andres Reyes Jr. were accused of violating the Constitution and betrayal of public trust for being in favor of ousting Sereno via quo warranto.
4 out of 7 members of the so-called “Magnificent 7” in the House of Representatives filed the impeachment. These are:
• Edcel Lagman, Albay 1st District
• Tom Villarin, Akbayan
• Teddy Baguilat Jr, Ifugao
• Gary Alejano, Magdalo
In a phone call with Rappler, Lagman said, "Yes, tuloy ang filing mamaya,”
“That is correct, it's about the quo warranto. Pero 'di na kasama si [former associate justice Samuel] Martires kasi Ombudsman na siya,” she added.
An advisory to the press was posted as per Lagman’s office that the Magnificent 7 will hold a press conference today at 3pm.
According to the advisory, the agenda of the conference will be, “"Filing of impeachment complaints against 7 justices of the Supreme Court for culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust in connection with the SC Decision dated May 11, 2018 ousting chief justice Sereno in a improvident and controversial quo warranto petition."
After ousting Sereno, President Duterte appointed Samuel Martires as the new Ombudsman last July 26, 2018.
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