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Lagman compares House majority to Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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By finding one impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno sufficient in form and substance while dismissing the other one for insufficiency in form, the supermajority played the dual roles of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” according to Albay first-district Rep. Edcel Lagman.

Lagman said he is not convinced by the House leadership’s charade in sustaining insufficiency in form and substance of the Gadon impeachment complaint and rejecting the sufficiency in form of Jimenez/Mallari complaint.

“This split personality charade tried to minimize the clear agenda of the supermajority of pursuing the impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno,” he said.

Lagman said the strict standard used in finding the Jimenez/Mallari complaint insufficient in form should have also been the inflexible standard employed in the Gadon complaint where the complainant has also no personal knowledge of the allegations in his complaint.”

He said the attachments to the Gadon complaint were mostly newspaper accounts which are considered hearsay, and the supposed “authentic documents” in fact belied sufficiency in substance of the grounds for impeachment in the complaint.