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Duterte urges ‘fast-track’ sacking of top judge

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MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday lawmakers must “fast-track” the impeachment of the nation’s top judge, further stacking the odds against her staying in office. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is one of several high-profile critics who were thrown in legal trouble after battling with Mr Duterte’s deadly anti-drug crackdown. A committee in the legislature’s lower chamber the House of Representatives last month found “probable cause” to impeach Ms Sereno. She has been accused of failing to pay about $40,000 in taxes as well as falsifying and tampering with court resolutions. She is also alleged to have spent excessively during official travels.

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