SC grants release of documents on Sereno impeachment

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 8) — The Supreme Court (SC) granted the release of documents requested for the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno Tuesday.

In a media briefing, SC Spokesperson Theodore Te said the decision was unanimous among the judges, and that Sereno inhibited herself from the ruling.

"Typically, 'pag administrative matter, wala namang vote 'yan eh. Typically, kasi consensus lang 'yan. But the Chief Justice took no part," Te said.

[Translation: Typically, if it's an administrative matter, there's no vote. Because typically it's just a consensus. But the Chief Justice took no part.]

A letter dated August 4 from advocacy groups Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution requested the release of seven documents they will use to support their case against Sereno, some of which are en banc or full court resolutions and memoranda made by the Chief Justice.

Six documents were granted for release. One other document is still being "internally deliberated", Te said.

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The advocacy groups, along with lawyer Larry Gadon called for the Chief Justice's ouster, citing culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust.

Gadon accused Sereno of using public funds to "finance her lavish lifestyle" by purchasing a brand new car worth around P5 million.

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The office of the House Secretary General received the complaint on August 2, but a member of the House of Representatives has yet to endorse it.

On August 3, Malacañang said President Rodrigo Duterte will not meddle in the impeachment complaint against Sereno.

"We respect the decision of whoever filed the case against the Chief Justice and, of course, we'll stand by that," Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Anna Banaag said. "The President respects separate powers of each of our government agencies. If the House of Representatives would endorse, then that is up to them."

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CNN Philippines' Correspondent Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.