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The House committee might simultaneously hear the impeachment complaints filed against the Supreme Court chief justice. "Why constitutional crisis?. (Impeachment) is a process provided for in the Constitution".

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has called on lawmakers to be cautious in filing impeachment complaints.

But Alvarez does not want to take this route, lest they look like "fools" before the Senate sitting as the impeachment court.

It also added that the judiciary's thrust is the rule of law and not public pulse, being the only unelected branch of government.

While impeachment is one of the tools in the Constitution to exact accountability, Fajardo said its frequent use could dilute its power and strain the limited power of Congress.

In 2012, The Manila Times broke the story that Sereno flunked her psychiatric test when she applied for chief justice, but still managed to get the appointment from President Benigno Aquino 3rd.

The IBP also reminded Congress that the Constitution "jealously protects the independence of the judiciary as it is concededly the weakest of all three branches of government".

The IBP vowed to "closely and impartially monitor the proceedings with the view that our institutions are preserved, not diluted".

Two valid impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno have been filed before the House through the Secretary General. "[Pero] ayaw kong hawin kasi gusto ko na dito pa lang, i-hearing muna natin para makita natin kung merong ebidensiya o wala", the Davao del Norte 2nd district representative said, when asked about the number of legislators who want to add their names as endorsers of the complaints.

Gadon stated that Sereno did not declare in her Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Networth (SALN) the "exorbitant lawyer's fees" of United States dollars 745,000 or PHP37 million which she received from the Philippine government.

Aside from Sereno, Bautista is facing an impeachment complaint for betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution over his alleged P1 billion worth of ill-gotten wealth, exposed by his estranged wife Patricia last month.

In a statement signed by Bishop Noel Pantoja, the council said the impeachment complaints were lamentable as Sereno possessed "professional excellence and moral uprightness", and "who above all else is a true follower of our Lord Jesus Christ".

The complaint was anchored on the claim of Bautista's estranged wife Patricia Paz that the poll chief acquired assets beyond his income as public official and was liable for the breach in voters' data prior to the elections previous year.

The VACC is reportedly set to file an impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

House Committee on Justice chairman, Representative Rey Umali said, "We will hear both, in the preparation of the articles of impeachment assuming we will find probable cause and after determination of sufficiency in form and substance, then we will consolidate and incorporate and file a single articles of impeachment".

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he'd rather the House committee on justice tackle the impeachment complaints first.

Read VACC and Vanguard's 45-page complaint below.

He also questioned Morales for absolving former President Benigno Aquino III in the 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide, and for indicting him for usurpation of authority and graft over his alleged role in the botched Mamasapano operation on January 25, 2015.



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