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Just let the process of impeachment proceed

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The impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was filed on September 13 by lawyer Lorenzo Gadon and endorsed by 25 lawmakers. It was deemed a valid complaint by a vote of 30-4 on October 5 by the House Committee on Justice headed by Rep. Reynaldo Umali.

After the House of Representatives resumes its sessions today, November 20, following the All Saints’ Day recess, the committee will meet to vote on whether there is probable cause for the complaint. If it passes this final committee test, the complaint goes to the entire House for a vote on whether or not to impeach Chief Justice Sereno. If the House so approves, the case goes to the Senate for trial.

In recent weeks, there have been well-publicized efforts to get Chief Justice Sereno to resign, the latest coming from new presidential spokesman Harry Roque – “if only to spare the institution (the Supreme Court) from further damage,” he said. This is also the position of President Duterte, but this does not mean the Executive is intervening in the Judiciary, Roque added.

In response, lawyer Carlo Cruz, a spokesman of Chief Justice Sereno, said she has no intention of resigning. She will fight the impeachment case in Congress, he said.

The complaint has four main items – her alleged failure to declare the P37-million professional fee she received when she was a lawyer for the government in the PIATCO case years ago, her alleged extravagant spending of judicial funds, her alleged order to reopen a regional office in Cebu without the approval of the entire Court, and her alleged inaction on applications for benefits by spouses of retired justices and judges.

The impeachment trial will assess the truth of these charges and determine if they constitute any of the required constitutional reasons for removal from office, namely, “culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust.”

In the face of Chief Justice Sereno’s determined refusal to resign, presidential spokesman Roque said, “That’s fine… let the constitutional process continue.” That would be the ideal thing to do. Leave Congress to its constitutional duty without any pressure, intentional or otherwise, from any other quarter.

Let’s have no more calls to resign for whatever reason. Impeachment is a political process and we are confident our congressmen and senators will know what to do, without public prodding from other officials. Just let the process proceed.

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    Rey David

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    PCSO Management should be axed

    It’s time to show the present PCSO management the door. Corpuz and Balutan have failed miserably in maximizing the great potential of this frontline agency. PCSO was created as a government owned and controlled corporation to enable it to better perform its mandate of raising much-needed funds for the President’s social amelioration projects which could impact the lives of poor Filipinos.

    Despite its lofty, noble mandate, PCSO has never fully realized its tremendous potential of providing this crucial charity assistance and medical help for our poor. It has instead been crippled and stymied by corruption perpetrated by its successive management team,

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      Lucas Temoteo

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      this shows that the current pcso officers are not doing their jobs effectively. they have the official approval for lottery operations and yet they fail in supporting the goals of the administration. they should be ashamed of themselves and not stay in their position any longer,

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      Kwak Kwak Kwak

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      the pcso has good intentions in helping support government spending and funds for the people. instead the current officials of the pcso are involved in corrupt actions which do not benefit the government or the people. there should be a change in pcso officials immediately//

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      Berdugo Katapang

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      our president hates corruption and this declining sales of pcso clearly shows that corruption is very high in that agency. we know that people are buying lottery and yet they are declining sales. these officials should be removed immediately they are corrupt and not capable,

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      SUPERBI

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      corruption must stop and our president is working hard to do this for the entire government. pcso is considered as corrupt as they are not providing funds for the government even if the people support their products like lottery, etc. the top officials of pcso must be pressured to step down and not allow our president to be embarrassed.,,

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    Rey David

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    pcso officers should resign immediately as they are failing the government and our president. they should be ashamed of themselves as they are not supporting the goals of our government in providing funds for government projects and other tasks for the people,

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      Lucas Temoteo

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      pcso office is full of graft and corruption and should change leadership. they are failing the government and the good initiatives of our president. they should immediately leave their position and look for honest government officials who will take over and support our goverment/..

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      Kwak Kwak Kwak

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      our president clearly indicated that he is not corrupt but pcso officials are still corrupt and not supporting the initiatives of the government. they should be investigated and if found guilty of corruption should be removed and punished according to our laws and our constittution.

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      Berdugo Katapang

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      the pcso is a good source of funds for our government however it is not managed properly by the current officials. they should be investigated and removed from their positions immediately. we should not allow these types of officials to continue serving our government and the people/.

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      SUPERBI

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      our president clearly asks for support for his anti corruption campaign. it seems that pcso officials are ignoring this and are mismanaging the operations of the pcso. they should be investigated immediately and in the meantime be replaced by people who will manage the pcso and get rid of corruption,,

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    MAYPAGASA

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    AFP Acquires State-of-the-Art UAVs

    It is encouraging to note that the AFP will finally acquire a highly capable state-of-the-art unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that will have a “game-changing” impact on the war against terror, especially for military operations similar to the ongoing battle for Marawi.

    Israel, the world pioneer in UAVs (yes, even before the American started using them), is now selling us their latest and most capable UAV, which is priceless for our many military operations and missions. The latest news on the acquisition of this system shows (https://www. update. ph/2017/08/ph-to-acquire-4-israeli-unmanned-aerial-vehicles/19847; http://maxdefense. blogspot. com/2017/08/ philippine-air-force-to-procure-elbits.html) past operational tragedies like the Mamasapano Massacre and the costly operations (in life and materiel) in Basilan and Sulu can now be avoided by our war planners.,

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    MAYPAGASA

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    this clearly shows the support of our current president and government to our troops. our president has supported our troops all the way and he is not only saying things but also showing actions in his words. we should now take care of our troops as they are our defense for all the enemies of the state including terrorists/

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      Simon antonio

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      our soldiers are taking their lives on the line whenever they go to the field. it is only proper that we give them the right equipment to support their work. it is only in this administration that we are seeing the full support of our government to our troops. we should applaud this government and president duterte in his honest dedication to our military
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      Emilio

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      this is very good news to our troops and our military. israel is very capable in selling us military equipment and they have been known to have good military capabilities. we should applaud our president in his real concern and real dedication to improve our military capabilities/./

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      Parasa Bayan

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      protecting our military should be the primary concern of our government and this is indeed what our president is doing. he is like a good father who is protecting our capabilities in the military so we can react more quickly and properly in case of any threat. we should support our president in his goal of strengthening our military,

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      maka pili

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      a capable military will make our country earn the respect of our neighbors. the upgrade of our military is an important first step for us to gain the respect of our neighbor countries. our president knows this and he is not only saying or making promises to the military but also making actions in making sure that they get the right equipment.//

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    Simon antonio

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    the strengthening of our military has been long overdue. it is only through this government and our president that we are seeing the right attention deserved by our troops. we should continue supporting our military and our president in his dedication to make sure that our military is able and prepared
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      Emilio

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      preparing our military for all the threats in our country is one of the best initiatives of our president and his administration. we should support our president in his dedication to fully upgrade our military. he knows what is best for our military and is doing everything in his control to make sure that the military will be ready to protect us,

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      Parasa Bayan

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      there is no room for corruption in this administration and as a result our president is now upgrading the capabilities of our military. if there is no corruption then we have enough money and resources to upgrade our capabilities. let us support our president in his dedication to our military and his goal of upgrading their capabilities/..

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      maka pili

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      we have seen during the marawi incident that our military needs to be upgraded to cope up with the threats to our country. let us support our president for his dedication in making our military more capable in dealing with all the threats to our country. this president clearly is working for the benefit of our military,

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