CJ Sereno asks SC to dismiss quo warranto petition


FILE PHOTO: Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Monday filed her comment asking the Supreme Court (SC) for an outright dismissal of the quo warranto petition filed by the solicitor general.

The petition is intended to unseat her because her appointment as chief justice is allegedly void from the beginning.

In a comment filed by her lawyers on Monday,  Sereno said that the SC has no authority to remove her from office since the Constitution and court decisions dictate that the only means to oust her is by way of impeachment.

“Members of the Supreme Court, including the Chief Justice herself, may only be removed only by impeachment. Impeachment, on the other hand, is within the sole province of Congress and not the Supreme Court,” said Atty. Justin Mendoza, Sereno’s co-counsel.

She argued that if the SC would grant the petition, it will preempt the impeachment process which is equivalent to overthrowing the country’s Constitution.

“The Chief Justice looks forward to her day in court before the Senate, sitting as an impeachment tribunal, where she will be able to present her side, present her witnesses and evidence,” said Mendoza.

Sereno said that the quo warranto petition was filed out of time as stated in the rules of court.

She further said that it is the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) which determines if she passed the integrity requirement.

The solicitor general filed the petition believing Sereno lacks the integrity to sit as the country’s top magistrate for not complying with the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) requirement.

But Sereno noted, the JBC waived the submission of SALNs not only in her favor but for 13 other candidates as well. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue



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