Thursday, May 10, 2018

Pinatalsik! SC fires CJ Sereno by granting the quo warranto



Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno | Photo CTTO
Sereno is finally out of the Supreme Court.

On Friday, May 11, the Supreme Court fearlessly decided to oust the 24th Chief Justice of the Philippines, Ma. Lourdes Sereno, in historic ruling.

This after the SC justices granted the quo warranto petition filed against CJ Sereno by SolGen Calida.


With the vote of 8-6, the Supreme Court en banc voted in favor of the quo warranto petition to oust Sereno from the office on the premise of an invalid appointment.

The beleaguered Chief Justice attended the en banc session where 8 justices voted for the quo warranto.

Meanwhile, the 6 dissenters, according to at least two Court insiders, were as follows: Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr, Mariano del Castillo, Estela Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, and Benjamin Caguioa.
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Among all the justices, 9 among them believed that she violated the requirements on the Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN). This same justices ruled that the quo warranto was the proper solution in the removal of Sereno.

Reportedly, Velasco, sources said, also agreed that it was the rightful remedy but the latter thought it was premature. He voted with the dissenters.


The complete details of the main decision have yet to be released.

The given verdict was expected from the en banc, whose members publicized disapproval on the Chief Justice in the early parts of the quo warranto's stint.

This scenario is a very historical one as this is the first time that the SC removed its own chief.
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Source: Rappler