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Minority senators to insist power as impeachment court over Sereno’s case

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

 

Atty. Maria Lourdes Sereno a day before the Supreme Court granted the quo warranto petition that ousted her as chief justice.

 

PASAY CITY, Philippines —  Members of the minority in Senate are finalizing their move in order to proceed with the impeachment of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

This was amid massive criticisms against the Supreme Court for favoring the quo warranto petition filed by the Solicitor General against Sereno.

“Mayroon kaming initiative and balita ko may iba pang initiative outside the minority,” said minority senator Risa Hontiveros.

Senate President Koko Pimentel, meanwhile, said that although he opposes the SC ruling, he explained that the Senate could only act as an impeachment court if the Lower House would forward the copy of the articles of impeachment to them.

But up until now, the Senate has no information yet as to the next move of the congressmen.

“Tanungin nyo na lang ang House of Representatives ano ang balak. Ang Senado ready kapag may na i-file sa amin. We will constitute ourselves as an impeachment court,” Pimentel said.

Still, Pimentel maintained that it is only through impeachment that an impeachable officer like Sereno shall be removed. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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SC magistrates recommend Bersamin as next CJ

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin (Image courtesy of Supreme Court via Twitter)

 

Supreme Court magistrates recommended to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin as the country’s next chief justice.

During the en banc session on Tuesday, Bersamin won the straw-voting with 10 votes from his peers.

Associate Justices Teresita de Castro and Diosdado Peralta tied at second place with 9 votes, while Justice Andres Reyes received 2 votes.

It can be recalled that the justices accepted their respective nominations last July 26.

All the said magistrates voted in favor of the ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno via a quo warranto proceeding.

Aside from them, included in the candidates for the next chief justice is Davao del Norte trial court judge Virginia Tejano-Ang. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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Class, work suspension declared Tuesday due to TD “Henry”

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Local government units announced a suspension of classes due to the effects of tropical depression “Henry.”

  • All levels in both public and private

Cainta City

Caloocan City

Cavite City

Manila City

Malabon City

Marikina City

Pasay City (Elementary to High School only)

Quezon City (Pre-school to Elementary only)

  • Afternoon classes in both public and private

Las Piñas City

Mandaluyong City

Muntinlupa City

Parañaque City

Meanwhile, the Senate also announced work suspension on Tuesday due to the inclement weather, as decided by the Senate Officer-In-Charge Senator Gringo Honasan.

The Supreme Court also issued an advisory suspension of work of all court personnel starting 12:00 noon today. However, discretion to suspend work of third level courts is given to presiding justices, and executive judges to trial courts in Metro Manila considering specific circumstances in their localities.  – Marje Pelayo

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IBP nominates acting CJ Carpio as next SC top magistrate

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

At the formal opening today of the application and nomination for the country’s next top judge, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines nominated  Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio for the chief justice post.

In a statement, the largest association of lawyers in the country said that Carpio is the most qualified to lead and manage the Supreme Court and the entire Philippine judiciary as he is the most senior justice in the high tribunal.

But Carpio has earlier said he will reject the nomination to the position, citing his stand in the unprecedented ruling that ousted Atty. Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice.

Carpio is one of the six justices who dissented from the majority and dismissed the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General against Sereno.

Aside from Carpio, other most senior justices in the high court namely, Associate Justices Teresita De Castro, Lucas Bersamin and Samuel Peralta are also automatically nominated to the post.

They may accept or reject the nomination until July 26, 2018.

“In tradition, the five most senior justices are automatically nominated. Justice de Castro is nearing her end of term in October but she is still technically qualified,” explained JBC member Atty. Jose Mejia.

Meanwhile, Albay Representative Edcel Lagman believes the eight associate justices who voted to grant the quo warranto petition against Sereno should reject the said nomination.

They should also be disqualified from their respective posts as they will soon face impeachment complaints on grounds of culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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