House to affirm dismissal of ouster bid vs Supreme Court justices

November 11, 2018

THE 292-strong House of Representatives will affirm a panel recommendation dismissing the consolidated impeachment complaint against six Supreme Court justices and newly-retired Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro during Congress’ resumption of session.

The plenary will act on the matter at the resumption of Congress’ session this Monday, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Salvador “Doy” Leachon, who chairs the House Committee on Justice, said.

But Leachon admitted that he will still ask House Majority Leader and Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr., who chairs the House Committee on Rules, on when to include his committee report in the Order of Business (OB) or the plenary agenda.

“I am still arranging the date, but definitely we will act on it immediately,” said Leachon in an interview.

Leachon reiterated that the plenary is expected to affirm the recommendation of his panel to junk the consolidated impeachment complaint against De Castro, Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr. and Alexander Gesmundo for being insufficient in substance.

Earlier, the Leachon panel voted 23 against one dismissing the consolidated impeachment complaint after it did not meet the requirement of sufficiency in substance.

The impeachment complaint was filed by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman,  Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr., and Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano.

Impeachment complainants accused De Castro, Peralta, Bersamin, Reyes, Jardeleza, Tijam, and Gesmundo of culpable violation of the Constitution.