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IBP gave Gadon benefit of doubt in Sereno impeachment, but he ended being just a ‘summary writer’

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines National President Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo said that he found the impeachment complaint filed by Abogado Larry Gadon against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno weak and lacking in substance.

Fajardo likened Gadon to a “summary writer” or just guy ignorant of the workings or the antecedents leading to decisions taken by the SC or its internal workings.

“At first, we wanted to give the benefit of the doubt to Atty. Gadon because he might really have something there. But as it is turning out now, the complaint appears to be just a summary of what has been publicized either through newspaper reports or through blind items or rumors about the inner workings of the Supreme Court,” Fajardo said in a TV interview.

He cited Gadon’s claim that he received information against Sereno from Manila Times reporter Jomar Canlas, who supposedly got the same from de Castro.

Both de Castro and Canlas have denied such claim.

He said Gadon did not even appear as counsel or party to the cases heard by the High Court that he used in the impeachment complaint against Sereno.

Fajardo reiterated his earlier stand that the impeachment process should be utilized judiciously, adding that using it too often might affect the independence required of the Judiciary.

He said the Chief Justice, whoever is sitting on the post, was just a human being, who because of the threat of impeachment, might not be able to comply with his or her constitutional duty due to the threat hanging over his or her head.

“If the highest member of the judiciary, no less than the chief justice, is threatened with impeachment in each decision and in each administrative matter, there might creep into that fear that he or she might displease the political powers and that therefore cannot comply with the constitutional duty to decide on cases based on the evidence of law,” the IBP chief said.

The 55,000-strong IBP last September said that while impeachment was allowed under the Constitution to exact accountability of impeachable officials, such as the President, Vice President, Chief Justice and the head of constitutional commissions such as the Comelec, it should be used sparingly so as not to dilute its power. (PNA)

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