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Philippine Congress Body Backs Bid to Impeach Chief Justice

Jim Gomez Thursday, March 8, 2018

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine House of Representatives committee voted overwhelmingly Thursday to proceed with a case to impeach the Supreme Court chief justice, who has vowed to fight the ouster move.

The justice committee voted 38-2 to rule there was "probable cause" to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno based on 27 alleged acts, which a lawyer claimed amounted to "culpable violations" of the constitution, corruption, breach of public trust and other serious crimes. Six of Sereno's fellow justices testified against her in the hearings that started in September, exposing rifts in the high court. ...

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