Opposition senators urge dismissal of quo warranto petition vs. CJ Sereno

FILE PHOTOS: Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Senator Leila De Lima

Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila De Lima on Thursday, April 19, filed a manifestation before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking the dismissal of the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

In a 4-page manifestation filed through former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, the two senators again questioned SC’s jurisdiction over a case that aimed to oust an impeachable official.

“Ang quo warranto proceedings nila ay ilegal at unconstitutional at ito ay magdi-diminish ng power ng Senado,” Trillanes said.

(Their quo warranto proceedings are illegal and unconstitutional and diminishes the power of the Senate.)

The two opposition senators insist that it is only through an impeachment trial in Senate that the chief justice can be deposed. They argued that their opposition has nothing to do with the merits of the case against Sereno.

Meanwhile, Atty. Hilbay noted that the treatment in the conduct of the recent oral arguments on the quo warranto petition is deemed questionable thus, their motion to dismiss the case.

“Mapapansin niyo talaga na parang hostile yung environment for conducting those proceedings,” the former solicitor general observed.

(You could really see that the environment seemed hostile for conducting those proceedings.)

Trillanes, meanwhile, vowed to seek the support of his colleagues on their position on the matter. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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