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CJ Sereno remains calm amid complaint of impeachment

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno remains calm amid the impeachment complaint she is now facing before the House of Representatives.

In her speech at the gathering of the Philippine Trial Judge League incorporated in Palo Leyte on Wednesday, Sereno reiterated that she has a clear conscience.

The chief justice also noted that she has never lied, or deceived others.

Sereno said that she trusts the public and that institutions of the government would disclose the lies being hurled against her.

She said she is just doing her job as the Supreme Court’s top magistrate.

This is her first public appearance after the House justice committee affirmed that complaint against her has sufficient basis.

Sereno also urged the judges to perform properly their sworn duties and to not let politics affect their work.

The chief justice emphasized as well that she did not attend the event to seek support from the judges. — UNTV News & Rescue

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DOJ on denying Lim’s plea to drop prelim probe : ‘We’re ready to defend our actions’

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018


The Department of Justice (DOJ) is ready to defend before the Supreme Court its decision to deny the appeal of Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim to stop the new preliminary probe into the drug cases filed against him.

This, after Lim, asked the High Tribunal to issue a temporary restraining order against the ongoing DOJ re-investigation and to reinstate the first decision of prosecutors that cleared him of the drug charges.

Lim claims in his 47-page petition for certiorari that the DOJ violated his constitutional right to due process when it opened a fresh probe over public uproar on the dismissal of his case.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra is confident the Supreme Court will affirm their decision. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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SC orders SolGen Calida to comment on Sereno’s ouster appeal

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018


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



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Sereno appeals ouster at Supreme Court

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018


FILE PHOTO: Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno


MANILA, Philippines — Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno filed an appeal urging the Supreme Court to revisit its ruling granting the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida.

Calida questioned Sereno’s integrity after she failed to submit complete copies of her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).

In an unprecedented decision that has sparked a legal firestorm, Sereno’s colleagues voted 8-6 to oust her as Supreme Court chief justice earlier this month.

Sereno’s camp believes they can convince at least one justice to change their vote to overturn the decision that removed her from office. — UNTV News & Rescue

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