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  • Philippine chief justice taking leave, expects impeachment

  • A spokesman for the chief justice on the Philippine Supreme Court says she expects to be impeached next month and will go on indefinite leave to prepare for the trial. Her spokesman said Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will go on leave Thursday but is confident of being cleared of any wrongdoing. Lacanilao stressed Sereno will not resign amid reports that rival justices demanded she quit in a meeting.

, FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2014, file photo, Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno answers a reporter's questions in Manila, Philippines. A spokesman for the chief justice on the Philippine Supreme Court said she expects to be impeached by the House of Representatives in March, 2018 and will go on indefinite leave to prepare for the trial. Maria Lourdes Sereno will start her leave Thursday, March 1, 2018 but is confident of being cleared of any wrongdoing during the impeachment trial. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

28 of February 2018 05:32:18

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Supreme Court chief justice expects to be impeached by the House of Representatives next month and will go on indefinite leave to prepare for the trial, her spokesman said Wednesday.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will go on leave Thursday but is confident of being cleared of any wrongdoing during the impeachment trial, spokesman Jojo Lacanilao said.

Lacanilao stressed the chief justice will not resign amid reports that rival justices demanded she quit in a meeting.

Lacanilao said at a news conference that any effort to remove the chief justice outside of an impeachment trial is unconstitutional.

President Rodrigo Duterte has said he wanted Sereno and an anti-graft prosecutor impeached and accused them of allowing themselves to be used to discredit his administration.


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