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Umali thanks Brion for praising ‘deft handling’ of House impeachment hearing

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The chairman of the House committee on justice thanked retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Arturo Brion for his praise on how the panel has handled the impeachment proceeding against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

“With all humility and sincerity, I thank Justice Brion for his encouraging comments on the way we in the House committee on justice are conducting the hearing in the determination of probable cause on the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Sereno,” Oriental Mindoro second-district Rep. Rey Umali said.

In a newspaper column, Brion said, “I have seen congressional hearings in the past and I am aware of how they are usually run. I can therefore compare the manner the present House justice committee conducted its impeachment hearing with those I have seen before. I found the present proceedings very impressive,” Brion wrote in his column.

“When the testimonies and the questions came, I was struck by the chairman’s deft handling of the proceedings,” Brion said.

The justice was one of the resource persons called by the committee last Monday.