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Minaliit si Manong! Sereno’s camp: Enrile to prosecute ‘a very weak case’

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The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is unfazed by the inclusion of former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile in the panel of prosecutors for her impeachment trial, despite his legal prowess and experience in litigation.

Jojo Lacanilao, one of Sereno’s spokespersons, said Sunday (March 11) that Enrile will be “working from the disadvantage.”

“JPE (Enrile’s initials) is a worthy opponent. But he is working from the disadvantage of having to prosecute a very weak case. We look forward to Chief Justice Sereno’s vindication at the Senate trial,” he said in a statement.

House justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali has confirmed that Enrile will be a private prosecutor in Sereno’s impeachment trial at the Senate.

Umali said Enrile, 94, volunteered to be part of the prosecution panel.

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.

Umali told ANC that Enrile will be a “big help” once the impeachment trial begins since the allegations against Sereno include her misdeclaration of wealth and failure to submit all of her SALNs to the Judicial and Bar Council when she applied for Chief Justice.

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