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Age doesn’t matter! Enrile to join prosecution panel in Sereno impeachment

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Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile may be 94, but he’s still sharp enough to argue in court.

Enrile is set to join the prosecution panel from the House of Representatives, Manila Standard columnist Alejandro Del Rosario wrote Friday (March 9).

Del Rosario said he got clearance from Enrile himself to announce that he will be one of the prosecutors in the impeachment trial.

Joining Enrile in the panel are lawmakers such as House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and justice committee chair Reynaldo Umali.

Enrile was the presiding judge in the impeachment trial of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012.

Corona was convicted for failing to declare all of his assets in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth. He was found to have, among others, P80 million in peso accounts and $2.4 million in U.S. dollar accounts, that were not his SALN.

Meanwhile, Sereno is accused of, among others, misdeclaring her wealth and failing to submit all of her SALNs to the Judicial and Bar Council when she applied for Chief Justice.

Even though Enrile’s presence in the prosecution panel has been confirmed, the prospect of an impeachment trial happening remains to be seen.

The House leadership has moved the voting schedule for Sereno’s impeachment to May to give time to the Supreme Court to decide on the quo warranto petition filed against the Chief Justice.

A quo warranto petition seeks the removal of the respondent from office due to lack of legal basis to holding such a position.

Malacañang said Sereno will be removed from office in case the Supreme Court grants the quo warranto petition.

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