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Motion to intervene quo warranto vs. Sereno filed anew

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

MANILA, Philippines — The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Friday filed before the Supreme Court the second motion to intervene in the quo warranto plea against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

The motion aims to seek for court’s approval to allow them to weigh the petition which asks for the nullification of the appointment of the highest court official.

This is aside from the deliberation that will be done by the magistrates of the Supreme Court.

“We think that this is a very critical period in the democratic life of the country. Whether or not, the judiciary will be strengthened, will more or less be determined by events that led to the filing of the impeachment complaint at a quo warranto petition by the republic,” IBP Pres. Abdiel Fajardo.

This, they said is a threat to the freedom of public officials who will go against the ideals of the administration.

It’s also a form of shortcut to the impeachment process since under the Constitution — it is only through impeachment in which the chief justice can be removed for an impeachable offense.

“We will be participating as opposition, possibly if we are granted permission by the court,” Fajardo said.

— Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue


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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

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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Duterte asks partymates to speed up impeachment of CJ Sereno

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2018

(L-R) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno; President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday asked PDP-LABAN congressmen to work double time to speed up the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

However, the President stressed that the entire process still depends on the Supreme Court if it will favor the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida.

“I am directing my party-mates. I am asking you to impeach the Chief Justice. But the ball is still in the hands of the Supreme Court. I don’t know what is coming her way,” Duterte said.

Upon his arrival in Davao City, Mr. Duterte clarified that he cannot dictate the Senate especially when it comes to the impeachment proceedings though he insists Sereno’s immediate ouster.

Duterte once again lambasted Sereno who he now considers his foe, calling the chief magistrate “ignorant.”

“Alam mo kung bakit (Do you know why) I castigated you in public? Ignorante ka eh (Because you’re ignorant),” he said.

The president mentioned the time when Sereno advised judges whose names appeared on the drug watchlist not to submit themselves to an arrest unless there is a warrant for their arrest.

“Hindi ko susundin yan Madam Justice kasi bobo ‘yang batas mo (I will not follow that Madam Justice because your law is stupid). Pag ganun yan, lalaban lahat yan (If that’s the case, everyone will be defiant),” he said.

“Even an ordinary flunker of law, alam yan (knows) that there are instances where the military and the police and persons in authority and civilians for that matter, walang koneksyon sa gobyerno (not connected with the government), can make a citizen’s arrest,” he added.

Duterte and Sereno exchanged tirades when the chief justice claimed that the former was behind the petition to oust her. Before he left for China, Duterte in return tagged Sereno as his number one enemy. — Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Quo warranto petition, possible against impeachable officials – Ret. SC Justice

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

MANILA, Philippines — Retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Eduardo Nachura believes that a quo warranto petition can be filed against an impeachable official such as Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Nachura said the petition has to be made available to go after public officials whose credibility and appointment to government office is being questioned.

“It can be used to question the right of a public officer to continue holding public office if there is an irregularity in the title to the public office,” the former justice explained.

Nachura served as a Supreme Court justice for four years and worked as the solicitor general during the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue


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