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Let her come forward FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 02/26/2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Let her come forward

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
02/26/2012
It is almost certain that Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Lourdes Sereno will either face the impeachment court to testify, or submit herself to the “interrogatory” as proposed by a junior member of the Senate court and so moved by his senior comrade in arms.

What appears to have puzzled presiding officer, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, was the fact that a junior senator, Sonny Trillanes, who is not even a lawyer, proposed the interrogatory for Sereno. The interrogatory is said to be an alternative mode of gathering evidence through a written list of questions sent by the court to a witness.

It is also curious that another non-lawyer, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, moved for such an alternative mode, although the explanation of both Trillanes and Lacson was that since Justice Chief Leila de Lima testified on hearsay evidence basis, needed was Sereno to testify about what she had written in her dissenting opinion, where what she bared were allegedly “irregularities” in the issuance of the temporary restraining order (TRO) during a closed-door en banc session of the justices, which is definitely a violation of the rules covering judicial executive sessions..... MORE
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