President Rodrigo Duterte is not going to meddle within the House of Representatives ought to it begin impeachment proceedings towards Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Malacañang mentioned Thursday (August three).
Communications Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag mentioned Duterte respects the separation of powers of the legislative and government branches.
“What we’re saying here is that if a civilian would do that or any person would do that, then that is up for the House of Representatives to — to handle or tackle,” she mentioned at a press briefing.
Duterte’s silence on the potential impeachment of Sereno was a far cry from his rebuke of lawmakers who supported calls to impeach Vice President Leni Robredo.
Asked if there will probably be an “active” endorsement or rejection of the impeachment grievance towards Sereno, Banaag answered within the unfavourable.
“Well, if the President would opt to in the coming days, then that would be up to him,” she mentioned.
The President respects anybody who desires to file an impeachment grievance towards Sereno,” Banaag added.
Lawyer Larry Gadon and the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption have ready separate impeachment complaints towards Sereno.
However, the circumstances have but to be formally filed on the House since no lawmaker has endorsed any of them.