Close  
  • share this

Umali dismisses Gadon’s bribery claims as ‘kwentong kutsero’

/ 03:33 PM December 04, 2017
Reynaldo Umali

Rep. Reynaldo Umali, chair of the House Committee on Justice (File photo by LYN RILLON / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

House justice committee chairman Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali is not bothered by the claim of lawyer Lorenzo Gadon that an ally of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is planning to bribe senators with P200 million to acquit the top magistrate if the impeachment trial reaches the Senate.

“I don’t want to be bothered by it kasi wala namang… baka kwentong kutsero lang ‘yon (because there’s no… it could just be hearsay),”  Umali said in an interview on Monday.

ADVERTISEMENT

Asked if the committee would act on Gadon’s information, Umali said the committee would rather “focus on the more important matters of establishing the charges.”

Gadon, the complainant in the impeachment against Sereno, earlier said he was “verifying information” that a still unnamed oligarch promised to bribe some senators to absolve her in the impeachment trial.

FEATURED STORIES

“Ang dinig ko babayaran daw nila ng P200 million ang bawat Senador na boboto ng pagabswelto kay Sereno,” Gadon said.

(What I heard is they will pay P200 million to each senator who will vote to absolve Sereno.)

Sereno’s camp vehemently dismissed Gadon’s story as a lie. Some senators also called the claims as “pure hearsay.” /je

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: allegations, bribery, Gadon, Hearsay, impeachment case, Sereno, Umali
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
entertainment

The ‘best Christmas gift ever’ for the Revillas

December 18, 2018 12:50 AM

entertainment

Kim Chiu on her unscripted bathtub scene with JC de Vera

December 18, 2018 12:40 AM

entertainment

Heart wants to try shopping in Divisoria

December 18, 2018 12:30 AM

newsinfo

3 cops hurt in NPA attack in Sorsogon town

December 18, 2018 12:25 AM




© Copyright 1997-2018 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.