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From Marcos burial to Sereno ouster: Calida on a roll as SolGen racks up win No. 5 in SC

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The Office of the Solicitor General on Friday scored its fifth legal victory with the Supreme Court voting 8-6, granting the quo warranto petition that is seeking to nullify the appointment of Maria Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice.

Solicitor General Jose Calida said the removal of Sereno as high magistrate has maintained the stability and integrity of the judiciary, the decision being an epitome of judicial independence.

“I would like to extend my appreciation to the learned magistrates of the Supreme Court for once again upholding the primacy of the Constitution. Despite the raucous voices of those pretending to champion the Constitution, the magistrates stayed true to their oath and faithfully adhered to the rule of law,” Calida said in a statement.

The SC en banc voted for Sereno’s removal on the basis of her incomplete submission of her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

Sereno is the first Chief Justice to be removed from office through quo warranto proceedings. The ruling shall be “immediately executory” according to the high court.

Calida also asked the Filipinos to continue the fight against those who intend to undermine the stability and integrity, not only of the judiciary, but the government as a whole.

Here are Calida’s first four victories:

1) The SC approving the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Taguig City.

2) The SC gave the Regional Trial Court of Muntinlupa City the go-signal to hear and decide on the drug cases filed against former justice secretary and now detained Senator Leila de Lima.

3) The SC affirmed in December 2017 its ruling that declared constitutional and legal President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in the entire Mindanao region.

4) The high court affirmed the constitutionality of the full-year extension of martial law in Mindanao as part of the government’s campaign to quell terrorism in the region. (PNA)

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