Robredo insists impeachment is right process to remove Sereno from office

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"This committee found probate cause to impeach the chief justice", Umali said, adding the impeachment complaint contains four grounds, culpable violation of the constitution, corruption, betrayal of public trust and other high crimes. "The power is now in our hands", committee chairman Rep. Reynaldo Umali said shortly before the televised voting.

The House is expected to impeach Sereno based on 27 allegations, including her alleged failure to file her annual statements of assets and liabilities as required by law.

"I ask that we dispel all thoughts and impulses of malice and ill will for they serve no good objective and bring nothing but shame". If she's impeached, the Senate will turn itself into an impeachment court for her trial.

"I have said time and again to focus on your job, and that prayers are the best form of support you can give in my fight against impeachment by the Senate", she appealed to them.

Meanwhile, the House is preparing for the impeachment trial in the Senate. "They started it, why are they afraid to finish it?"

"All kinds of lies, threats, harassment, and bullying have been thrown my way but I will not yield", Sereno said in a speech before local judges in Manila.

Duterte's critics believe the impeachment move is motivated by the administration being uncomfortable with the fact she is due to hold the Supreme Court's top post until 2030, when she reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.

The impeachment case has also taken its toll on the judiciary, which is supposedly an independent body of government.

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Maria Lourdes Sereno spoke out as the Philippine House of Representatives prepared to vote Thursday on whether to proceed with her impeachment following a threat by Duterte that she would be forced out.

The Vice President cited the disbarment attempt on then Chief Justice Marcelo Fernan.

Sereno had questioned the president's drug war, which has left over 4,000 dead so far, after he brandished an unverified list that supposedly contained names of government officials, mayors, soldiers, policemen and judges allegedly involved in the drug trade.

Worldwide rights groups and local critics have accused Duterte of drifting toward authoritarianism after declaring martial law in the south.

"That has always been the strategy, they want Sereno to resign because they (House members) are not sure what will happen in the Senate".

"They (House members) went through the motions but they are not saying that they will file it".

The political analyst also noted that apart from impeachment, the petition for quo warranto questioning Sereno's qualifications, filed this week by the Office of the Solicitor General before the Supreme Court, was also part of efforts to pressure the chief justice to resign.

Calida's petition was "grossly flawed" because it subverts the impeachment power that is grossly granted to Congress, Lagman said.

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