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SC can “look into” impeachment process vs. Sereno

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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life…” (Galatians 6:7-8, the Holy Bible).

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SC “SUPREMACY” OVER IMPEACHMENT, SETTLED LAW: For the benefit of the nation and of House Speaker Bebot Alvarez and Rep. Rey Umali (chairman of the House Committee on Justice), we are coming out, once more, with our column on January 22, 2012, regarding the power of the Supreme Court to “look into” what is happening in the impeachment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal Sereno.

This was what we wrote in 2012: “The Supreme Court’s supremacy over the Senate as an impeachment court, in the sense that the high tribunal can strike down acts of the impeachment court which are  considered as grave abuse of discretion, is a settled law in the Philippines, a second decision written by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales for the high court shows.

“The second decision involves the case of Merceditas Gutierrez vs. House of Representatives, G.R. No. 193459, February 15, 2011, a case filed by the former Ombudsman Gutierrez to stop the impeachment against her early last year.

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SC CAN LOOK INTO CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATIONS: “It upheld the earlier decision of the Supreme Court, also written by former Justice Carpio Morales, in the case of Francisco Jr. vs. Nagmamalasakit na mga Manananggol ng mga Manggagawang Pilipino, Inc. G.R. No. 160261, November 10, 2003.

“Here was what Carpio Morales said, writing for the Supreme Court for the second time around over the issue of whether the high tribunal has the power to act against the Senate as an impeachment court:

“ `Francisco characterizes the power of judicial review as a duty which, as the expanded jurisdiction of this Court reflects, includes the power to `determine whether or not there has been a grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction on the part of any branch or instrumentality of the government’.

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IMPEACHMENT PROCESS CAN BE CONTESTED BEFORE SC: “In the present case, petitioner invokes the Court’s expanded certiorari jurisdiction…

“The Court finds it well-within its power to determine whether public respondent (House of Representatives) committed a violation of the Constitution or gravely abused its discretion in the exercise of its functions and prerogatives that could translate as lack or excess of jurisdiction, which would require corrective measures from the Court…”

Let us see how Alvarez and Umali, who are both lawyers, are doing to skirt those two decisions of the Supreme Court, if and when a formal case is filed against them for the processes being employed by them in the impeachment of Sereno.

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