Belmonte on CJ’s impeachment hearing: Pantay-pantay dapat!
Quezon City 6th District Rep. Kit Belmonte took a stand for the Chief Justice’s right to counsel during the first proceedings on her impeachment case.
“Maglulupa, magsasaka, kababaihan o pinakamagaling na abugado, may karapatan na kumuha ng counsel,” Belmonte said.
He argued before the House Committee on Justice that Supreme Court CJ Maria Lourdes Sereno “must be accorded the right to counsel and the right to cross-examine the complainant and the witnesses through her lawyers.”
Sereno’s lawyers were barred from participating in the deliberations on an impeachment case against the chief magistrate after a majority House vote.