THE chairman of the House Committee on Justice has called on Larry Gadon to refrain from saying “shady” statements against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Gadon, a lawyer, is the complainant in an impeachment case against Sereno before the House of Representatives.
In a news conference on Monday, he said he will push the Justice committee to issue a subpoena against Sereno to force her to face the panel.
“I told him not to by-pass the committee and Congress because, at times, he is already saying stuff like it is final.
This is where we are facing difficulties, because he is saying shady statements [and as a result], we are being criticized,” Rep. Reynaldo Umali said in a radio interview with dzMM on Tuesday.
“As you can see, what he is saying is not happening. Actually, during the last hearing, I told him to let [the committee]work and let the wheels of the impeachment proceedings roll with less pronouncements from him,” the committee chairman from Oriental Mindoro added.
Umali slammed the possibility of issuing the subpoena against Sereno.
“The issue [of the subpoena]is already settled, I already explained [my earlier statement], that is only hypothetical. Majority Leader [and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Farinas]has already voiced his opinion on this. As for us, we will not tackle it anymore,” according to Umali.
“I think the hearing is already rolling smoothly, we do not need to put anything extra here so things will be clearer,” he said.
Last month, Gadon said he heard information that a businessman is allegedly offering P200 million to each senator for the acquittal of Sereno when the impeachment complaint reaches the Senate.
Senators, however, just shrugged off the “hearsay.”
Gadon accused Sereno of culpable violation of the Constitution, corruption, betrayal of public trust and other high crimes.