Lawmakers to Gadon: Please shut up your mouth

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) — He said it, but lawyer Larry Gadon insists he does not believe it. 

In a radio interview over the weekend, Gadon, who filed the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, said an oligarch was bribing senators with P200 million to ensure the country's top judge  is acquitted in her impeachment trial.

"Please shut up your mouth, para hindi naman mapasama ang mga proceedings (to avoid casting doubt in the proceedings)," Quezon City Representative Vincent Crisologo barked at Gadon in Tuesday's impeachment hearing.

Gadon's radio comment had angered some members of the House justice committee who told the lawyer to refrain from making statements which may affect the integrity of the impeachment hearing.

The issue was raised by AKO BICOL Representative Alfredo Garbin, noting that such allegations may be sufficient ground for contempt.

"This affects the very integrity of the proceedings, the very constitutional processes on which he seeks justice, casting aspersions or doubt on the would-be judges in the impeachment court, which are the senators," he pointed out.

Gadon defended himself, saying he did not believe the bribery story.

"Sinabi ko na hindi ako naniniwala na ang mga senador ay masusuhulan (I said I don't believe that our Senators can be bribed)," he told the committee.

But Garbin was not finished.

He pointed out that Gadon had made comments about the impeachment proceedings even before the investigation began.

"Naririnig ka namin sa TV, sa radio, stating that by Dec. 13, tatapusin na, meron nang desisyon. So many statements, assertions coming from you," Garbin scolded.  "(It's) assuming that you already know that we already have a decision, that we will issue, or submit an articles of impeachment, to be passed by the House and the plenary. Mali po yun."

[Translation: We hear you on TV, and on radio, stating that by December 13 we will already have a decision. So many statements, assertions coming from you. (It's) assuming that you already know that we already have a decision. That we will issue, or submit an articles of impeachment, to be passed by the House and the plenary. That's wrong.]

The incident prompted committee Chair Reynaldo Umali to order Gadon to submit an explanation on the incident within five days.

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