Eight Supreme Court justices in favor of Sereno’s ouster
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Some congressmen are planning to file an impeachment complaint against eight justices who voted to oust Atty. Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice of the Supreme Court (SC.)
Akbayan Partylist representative Tom Villarin on Thursday, May 17, said the impeachment complaint against the eight justices will be filed before session breaks in June. Villarin is among the so-called “Magnificent 7” in the Lower House who, along with other government officials, oppose the SC ruling to remove Sereno through a quo warranto petition.
He stressed that there is no other way to remove an impeachable government official but only through an impeachment proceeding. He added that the SC’s decision was a show of “disrespect” to an independent body such as the Congress. Villarin and his colleagues will need the support of 98 congressmen to support an impeachment complaint.
The eight justices who voted in favor of the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida against Sereno were Justices Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Samuel Martires, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr., Alexander Gesmundo, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin and Francis Jardeleza.
Meanwhile, Ako Bicol Representative Rodel Batocade said, though he agrees with the sentiments of Villarin, he believes there is no point in questioning the High Court’s decision. He added that an impeachment complaint is now useless. He argued that what needs to be done is perhaps to look into the negligence on the part of the Judicial Bar Council (JBC) for allowing the appointment of Sereno despite her lack of important documents.
“Ano ngayon ang masasabi ng Korte Suprema doon sa JBC na nagbigay na kulang ang requirements at nangyari nagkaroon tayo ng kaguluhan ng ganito,” Batocabe said.
(What can the Supreme Court say about the JBC that provided incomplete requirements which started this mess in the first place?)
Batocabe warned that a repeated filing of impeachment complaint may weaken the credibility of the Supreme Court as an institution. – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo
Justice Martires submits application for Ombudsman post
Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Samuel Martires
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Samuel Martires submitted his application for the position of Ombudsman.
Martires was the first appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte in SC. He is set to retire in January next year.
Aside from Martires, other aspirants for the position include Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Sandiganbayan Justice Efren Dela Cruz, Davao Judge Carlos Espero II and six others.
Updated list of aspirants for the position of Ombudsman:
- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
- Sandiganbayan Justice Efren De La Cruz
- Davao Judge Carlos Espero II
- Atty. Edna Herrera-Batacan
- Atty. Rey Ifurung
- Atty. Rainier Madrid
- SC Justice Samuel Martires
- Atty. Rex Rico
- Atty Felito Ramirez
- Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales will end her term in July this year. – UNTV News & Rescue
SolGen asks SC to extend deadline of documents on war on drugs
Bodies of two women believed to be victims of a drug-related killing, were found on a street in Manila.
PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to extend its deadline for the submission of documents pertaining to the administration’s war on drugs.
As of this date, the OSG was able to submit a number of documents but only for several cases.
The SC directed the OSG to submit detailed reports on 3,800 cases of deaths in police operations recorded from July 1. 2016 to November 30, 2017 which are being attributed to the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign. – UNTV News & Rescue
Impeachment proceedings depend on SC decision on Sereno’s motion
Supreme Court of the Philippines
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Lower House of Congress deferred its discussion on the impeachment complaint filed against former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
House Majority floor leader Rudy Fariñas said, they would have to wait for the Supreme Court’s decision on the motion for reconsideration that Sereno would file.
Fariñas added that if the SC rejects Sereno’s petition to nullify her ouster, the Lower House will dismiss the impeachment complaint.
However, if the SC reverses its first ruling and decides to reinstate Sereno, the House will proceed with the impeachment proceedings.
“The sole purpose of impeachment is removal of an officer from the position that officer is occupying. Pero kung tinanggal na, sino pa ang tatanggalin namin?” Fariñas explained.
The Committee on Rules has until July 25 to refer the articles of impeachment to the plenary. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue