Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Protesters warn democracy at risk if Filipino justice ousted

Protesters warn democracy at risk if Filipino justice ousted

The justice committee of the House of Representatives, which conducted impeachment proceedings against her following a complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon, found probable cause to unseat her and would elevate its recommendation to the plenary which would vote on whether to affirm of dismiss the case.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, a key ally of Duterte, agreed with Sereno and urged the Supreme Court to review its decision, saying it's "not infallible in everything". Her spokesperson, Jojo Lacanilao, in a separate statement said the chief justice has made a decision to take a 15-day "wellness leave".

Sereno's supporters argued that the submission of an applicant's SALNs is not absolute requirement since it is not mentioned in the 1987 Constitution as qualification for a member of the Supreme Court.

Pimentel also reminded the SC of the possible repercussions of its decision to the institution for ruling that the quo warranto petition was a proper remedy to oust the highest judiciary official. "Ang araw na ito ang araw ng paglaban", she said. She says she was ready to defend herself if the impeachment case reached the Senate for trial.

The Supreme Court (SC) may be the final arbiter of law, but not on "impeachment matters".

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"Respondent Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno is disqualified from and is hereby adjudged guilty of unlawfully holding and exercising the office of the chief justice", said Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te, adding the order was effective immediately.

The Philippine Supreme Court (SC) has ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the first woman to hold the position, after a majority of justices voted in favor of the quo warranto petition against her earlier today.

Voting 8-6 in a special en banc session, the Supreme Court declared void Sereno's nomination, over her alleged failure to disclose her wealth when filing of statements of assets, liabilities and net worth.

The former law professor at the state-run University of the Philippines says the government petition that her fellow justices approved violated the constitution, which provides that top officials like her can only be removed by impeachment.

Hundreds of protesters denouncing Sereno's ouster rallied outside the court.

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