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THE House committee on justice will hold marathon hearings on several impeachment complaints filed against three government officials, the panel’s chairman said Monday.

Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali said it is the justice committee’s constitutional duty to attend to the impeachment complaints filed, respectively, against Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista and Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno and another expected this week against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

“We have no choice. It’s a constitutional duty that we have to perform to the best of our abilities,” Umali said, even as anti-corruption groups filed a second impeachment complaint against Sereno on Monday.

Earlier, former Negros Oriental Rep. Jacinto Paras filed an impeachment complaint against Bautista for betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution over allegations of ill-gotten wealth.  The complaint was endorsed by at least three lawmakers.

Lawyer Larry Gadon, meanwhile, wanted Sereno removed from her post for betrayal of public trust for the “whimsical” and “excessive” purchase of the latest model of the Toyota Land Cruiser amounting to P5.1 million, as well as her alleged failure to declare “exorbitant lawyer’s fees” allegedly amounting to P37 million. The complaint was endorsed by at least 25 lawmakers.

THE House committee on justice will hold marathon hearings on several impeachment complaints filed against three government officials, the panel’s chairman said Monday.

Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali said it is the justice committee’s constitutional duty to attend to the impeachment complaints filed, respectively, against Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista and Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno and another expected this week against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

“We have no choice. It’s a constitutional duty that we have to perform to the best of our abilities,” Umali said, even as anti-corruption groups filed a second impeachment complaint against Sereno on Monday.

Earlier, former Negros Oriental Rep. Jacinto Paras filed an impeachment complaint against Bautista for betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution over allegations of ill-gotten wealth.  The complaint was endorsed by at least three lawmakers.

Lawyer Larry Gadon, meanwhile, wanted Sereno removed from her post for betrayal of public trust for the “whimsical” and “excessive” purchase of the latest model of the Toyota Land Cruiser amounting to P5.1 million, as well as her alleged failure to declare “exorbitant lawyer’s fees” allegedly amounting to P37 million. The complaint was endorsed by at least 25 lawmakers.

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