- SC chief justice’s lawyer requested House to dismiss impeachment raps
- She said complainant Atty. Larry Gadon’s allegations based on hearsay, are perjurious
- She also said Gadon will unravel as hearing goes on
MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno has asked the House of Representatives’ justice committee to junk Atty. Larry Gadon’s impeachment complaint for being based on mere hearsay.
“The Constitution requires that, at the minimum, the complainant in any case of impeachment must have personal knowledge of the facts allegedly constituting an impeachable offense,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted Atty. Josa Deinla as saying.
“The entire nation witnessed how Gadon failed to truthfully tell the committee that he had personal knowledge of each of the allegation he presented to Congress. We strongly feel that a dismissal of the impeachment complaint —which should have not been entertained in the first place— is in order,” she added.
Deinla noted that one of Gadon’s several claims against Sereno —that of tampering a Temporary Restraining Order by Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro— has already been refuted after the associate justice denied being the source of his source, veteran court reporter Jomar Canlas.
“No less than the Rep. Rey Umali, chair of the House Committee on Justice, publicly admitted that Gadon may be liable for perjury for his false statements made under oath,” she said.
Gadon said Canlas told him he received documents pertaining to Sereno’s tampering from De Castro herself — a claim immediately denied by the magistrate.
Deinla added they are confident Gadon will soon expose himself as a liar as the hearing goes on.
“We are confident, as this hearing unfolds, Mr. Gadon will perjure himself multiple times because he doesn’t have solid and strong evidence to support his complaint,” she said.