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Solons to seek impeachment of 8 justices over Sereno ouster

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

 

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

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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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