Another SC magistrate willing to attend Sereno impeachment proceedings – Rep. Umali

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MANILA, Philippines  –  Four and counting?

The number of Supreme Court magistrates testifying against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno continue to increase by the day.

This after another House Justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali announced at the hearing on Wednesday another Associate Justice Samuel Martires has expressed interest in appearing at the Lower House, too.

“We did also invite Justice Sam Martires who conveyed his desire to join us, also except that he has not gotten yet the authorization from the SC en banc so he conveyed that in the next hearing, he will also join us,” said Umali.

The first magistrate to appear at the hearing and testify against Sereno was Associate Justice Teresita De Castro.

Umali earlier revealed Associate Justices Noel Tijam and Francis Jardeleza, as well as retired Justice Arturo Brion, may also join De Castro at the hearing on scheduled for December 11.

Court Administrator Midas Marquez already gave his testimony last week and returned on Wednesday.

Martires is President Rodrigo Duterte’s first appointee to the Supreme Court, while Tijam was the second.

Umali did not say, however, what allegation in the impeachment complaint Martires will be testifying against Sereno.