On Monday, Jomar Canlas, a veteran print journalist and senior reporter of the Manila Times claimed on Monday that he has received death threats days after he appeared and testified in one of the impeachment proceedings conducted by the House of Representatives against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Canlas revealed that he received two identical text messages last December 1 which reads:
“P****** mo Jomar Canlas, 3 kami ang papatay syo, marami ka na kasalanan sa amin, magbilin ka na sa asawa mo at anak mo, bago ka mamatay. Hdi to pananakot, ds time, talagang patay ka jomar,”
Consequently, Canlas decided to report the incident and sought the audience of Manile Police Director Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel on Monday afternoon and was expected to report the same to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
In one of his interviews, Canlas stated his belief that the said threats have something to do with his recent involvement in the Sereno impeachment hearing of the House of Representatives last November 27. Canlas’ revelation in the trial revolves around the story he once had written about the SC Chief Justice’ alleged “falsification” of a particular court resolution way back in 2013.
Also during the said hearing, Canlas denied Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro as the source of his 2013 article, as what impeachment complainant Atty. Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon has claimed in his affidavit. The controversial information exposed in Canlas’ 2013 article asserts that Sereno allegedly tampered with the temporary restraining order (TRO) in connection to the petition filed by Senior Citizens party-list.
Two days after Canlas’ statement, Associate Justice De Castro confirmed to the committee that she contested the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by Sereno on behalf of the SC on May 29, 2013. The SC Associate Justice also claimed that she had then accused the chief magistrate of omitting her recommendation to stop the disqualification of the Senior Citizens party-list only, and not the party-list proclamation itself.
De Castro, still during her appearance and participation in the probe of the House of Representatives, also denied the allegation that she disclosed certain information about Sereno’s TRO falsification issue to Canlas who, in defense, acknowledged provisions from the Republic Act (RA) No. 53 otherwise known as the Shield Law to rightfully maintain the confidentiality of his sources.
Source: GMA News
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