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A de facto CJ?

That’s a pretty novel take offered by a congressman who is a former appellate justice of the Supreme Court.
Leyte Representative Vicente Veloso is the vice chair of the House justice committee that is currently holding impeachment hearings to determine probable cause against Supreme Court Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno.
Veloso was a guest of an early morning TV show Friday. He was quoted as saying in that interview that President Duterte can recall Sereno’s appointment after she failed to submit most of her Statement of Asset, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for the past 10 years when she applied for the position in 2012.
The vice chairman of the House committee on justice and former appellate court justice said “the most” that Sereno could claim was that she had been a “de facto” chief justice.
He went on to say that the members of the Supreme Court cannot dismiss her. There should be a case but let her go to court and challenge the action of the President if the President recalls the appointment,” Veloso said.
Like I said, it is a novel theory and has never been tried before.
The closest that was done by a president to ensure the ouster of a constitutional official, who can only be impeached, was done by then sitting president, Noynoy Aquino, who wanted then Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, an appointee of then president Gloria Arroyo, ousted quickly. Aquino then threatened her with impeachment and conviction if she did not resign. She was forced to resign, rather than be convicted by the Senate.
Ousting the Ombudsman was done in a roundabout way. But Aquino got what he wanted, as he kept the Ombudsman’s seat warm for retired associate SC justice Conchita Carpio Morales, a yellow ally and protector of Aquino.
If the novel theory from Rep. Veloso is tested and proves to be legitimate and constitutional by way of eliminating Chief Justice Sereno whom Veloso says is not a de jure CJ but a de facto one, then perhaps President Duterte can also kick out Ombudsman Morales for her brand of selective justice.
Morales, however, has just some four months to stay in her office, as she would have to retire by July this year, which is why despite impeachment charges filed against her, this cannot be worked on by the House justice panel as the same panel has been busy holding hearings on the impeachment charges against CJ Sereno, for determination of probable cause.
Still, for all that she had done to destroy the reputations of some many politicians, filing cases that are being dismissed by the Sandiganban and the Supreme Court, then protecting all the yellows, especially her yellow patron, Noynoy Aquino, she has been virtually slapped down by the High Court for dropping the reckless imprudence resulting in homicide charge filed against Aquino. She would likely be forced to charge Aquino with homicide.
An even bigger injustice Morales committed was to make it appear that President Duterte still has a “live” case on his alleged ill-gotten wealth of some P 2 billion, despite the case’s termination, as she claimed that the charges against Duterte can be revived with new evidence.
She claimed that the documents came from the Anti-Money Laundering Council, even when she knew damn well that the documents were fabrications as they came from Sen. Antonio Trillanes, which she passed off as genuine AMLC documents.
But the AMLC officially denied that it had provided the Ombudsman with these documents and that they were fake bank documents.
Morales then came up with a statement saying that the case against Duterte was terminated and closed. She said this much too late since this case was terminated in November this year.
However, being the vindictive yellow Ombudsman, she had to say that while the case against Duterte was closed and terminated, this could still be revived if new evidence surfaces.
Morales knows that she can’t revive the case even if she wanted to, because she’ll be out of the Ombudsman’s Office soon.
But by saying this, she gave Trillanes the opportunity to seek a Senate hearing in getting the AMLC to explain why it refused to provide the Ombudsman with the bank accounts and bank statements of Duterte and family.
He again circulated copies of his fabricated bank statements, to again get the Senate hearing going.
We have news for Trillanes. There is no justifiable reason for the AMLC to provide the Senate with such documents, and for that matter, any bank statement which cannot be released without the permission of the owner.
It’s all being done for black propaganda by one senator who has lost all credibility.


  • peter alagano

    Overwhelming pieces of evidence are mounting to convict the de facto CJ and her only chances of acquittal is if Senator Judges get Deaf and Blind in the tune of 200M each as earlier alleged in the Barbershop of Atty Gadon..Whoa! OnliInda Pilipins!...

    peter alagano Sunday, 18 February 2018 10:51 Comment Link
  • louie

    Ihanda na ang " Lookout Order/Hold Departure Order " of this SELECTIVE & YELLOW ombudsman..Baka TATAKAS si Punyeta Morales like Andres Bautista. Huwag na matulog DOJ,Immigration at NBI baka MALUSUTAN na namn kayo.

    louie Sunday, 18 February 2018 04:38 Comment Link
  • The Eye

    Sawa na ang mga tao sa Yellow.

    The Eye Sunday, 18 February 2018 04:07 Comment Link
  • inocent

    Sonja Trilliling is so enamored with President Duterte that he cannot take Duterte out of his mind. Many calls it madly in love, O, yeh, and he will not stop trying to taint any dirt on Duterte until Feb. 25, when the yellows and their propagandist will stage another attempt to rally the people to denounce the President. Today is the 17th of February and other than the noise brought about by the yellows, it is getting very clear that whatever rally the yellows will stage against the President will fail badly because there is no Filipino citizen in his right mind will rally against a performing, competent and popular President. The yellow can always grab sand to keep them relevant.

    inocent Sunday, 18 February 2018 03:39 Comment Link

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