Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno dismissed the allegation that there was a plan to bribe senators to acquit her if the impeachment complaint lodged against her proceeds to trial.
“Another detestable lie” was how her camp described the claim of Atty. Lorenzo Gadon that the senators will be paid off with P200 million each.
“Isang malaking kasinungalinan dagdag sa marami niyang kasalanan sa Diyos at sa bayan,” Sereno’s camp said in a statement. “Our Chief Justice has never been involved in bribery or corruption.”
“Even Gadon’s verified complaint does not contain any allegation of bribery against Sereno,” it added. “Sereno will continue to serve our people faithfully while entrusting herself to God who vindicates the innocent while punishing the wicked.”
A certain “oligarch” is planning to bribe the senators who will hear the impeachment complaint against Sereno, Gadon told reporters yesterday. But the lawyer clarified that he was still “verifying [the] information.”
Gadon filed the impeachment complaint against Sereno. He accused the chief justice of corruption, betrayal of public trust and culpable violations of the Constitution.
The House justice committee was still determining whether or not there was probable cause to impeach Sereno.
“Babayaran daw nila ng P200 million ang bawat senador na boboto ng pag-abswelto kay Sereno,” Gadon said. “Pero naniniwala ako na hindi papayag ang mga senador sapagkat sila ay dignified na tao at isipin naman nila iyong kapakanan ng bansa.”