Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (left); Solicitor General Jose Calida (right)
MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) has given the Office of the Solicitor General five days to comment on the motion for consideration filed by ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in relation to the quo warranto ruling.
Sereno has earlier appealed to the SC justices to reverse their decision to grant the quo warranto petition filed against her by Solicitor General Jose Calida.
Her supporters continue to hope that her peers’ earlier decision will be overturned.
Akbayan partylist Representative Barry Gutierrez said, “Malapit ang isang 8-6 vote lalo na sa isang napakabigat na kwestiyon na ganito kalalim ang implikasyon sa ating Konstitusyon. An 8-6 vote is very close. Kailangan lang magbago ng isip ng 1 o dalawa, iba na ‘yung resultang makukuha mo.”
(An 8-6 vote is very close especially for a major decision such as this which has huge constitutional implications. If one or two justices change their mind, you can get a different result.)
They also maintained that President Rodrigo Duterte influenced the decision of the SC members.
Bayan secretary general, Renato Reyes said, “Control ng ehekutibo ang lahat ng sangay ng Korte Suprema. Kapag natuloy ang botohan at natalo ang motion for reconsideration, tiyak ang kasunod na niyan si Pangulong Duterte ay mag-aapoint na ng SC chief justice na malamang ay kakampi sa kanya.”
(The Executive controls the Judiciary branch so if the motion for reconsideration is junked, President Duterte will surely appoint a new SC chief justice who is friendly to him.)
Sereno only needs one justice who voted for her removal to change the majority vote and overturn the decision. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue