Congress to speed up Sereno impeachment

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DAVAO CITY,  Philippines —  House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the House of Representatives will speed up the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

But this can only be done when the session resumes on May 14, 2018, the House is on recess since March 23.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asked the members of the House of Representatives to speed up  Sereno’s impeachment, as he vowed to make sure that the latter will be out of the Supreme Court.

“I’m putting you on notice that I’m your enemy and you have to be out of the Supreme Court,” Duterte said, warning that if it needs force removal of the chief magistrate, he would do it.

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“I would ask Speaker Alvarez now, kindly fast-track the impeachment. She is bad for the Philippines,” Duterte said in a press interview at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport shortly before departing for the People’s Republic of China to attend the Boao Forum of Asia.

It can be recalled that on  March 19, the House justice committee approved the six articles of impeachment against Sereno on the grounds of culpable violation of the Constitution, corruption, other high crimes, and betrayal of public trust.-Jiann A. Padillo/Newsline.ph

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