Umali receives sealed envelope showing Sereno’s ‘misleading’ claims

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House committee on justice chairman Rey Umali on Monday said he received a sealed envelope marked “confidential” showing Supreme Court Chief Justice was less than truthful in saying it was the chief justices of Asean countries who requested Boracay island to be the venue of their conference in 2015.

At the resumption of the impeachment hearing against Sereno, Umali said the document showed that the Chief Justice may have misled the committee when she claimed in her verified answer that her counterparts from Asean had wanted Boracay to be the venue.

But according to the document, whose source could not be determined, Umali said that was not the case.

The Oriental Mindoro congressman read a portion of the document, which said: “The Chief Justice stated that the Philippines is pleased to host the next ASEAN Chief Justices meeting next year. The Chief Justice announced that the famous Boracay Island will be the venue for the 3rd ASEAN Chief Justices meeting.”

Umali said this was not consistent with Sereno’s claim that it was the ASEAN chief justices who sought the ACJ to be held in Boracay.

He said this was similar to many of Sereno’s statements in her official reply to the allegations against her and that such answers were often “misleading.”