Jun 6, 2021 @ 14:44

Ex-CJ Panganiban pressures Supreme Court anew to undo quo warranto ruling vs Sereno

Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban is not letting the quo warranto issue which led to the ouster of Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno.

The abogado again brought up the issue in the aftermath of the House Justice committee rejecting the impeachment attempt against Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, and the looming early retirement of Justice Edgardo Delos Santos.

“Two recent events make it imperative for the Supreme Court to pulverize the self-inflicted sword of quo warranto (QW) dangling above the heads of the justices and to restore undiminished its constitutionally-granted independence by limiting their removal only via impeachment,” Panganiban said in his June 6 column on the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“The Court is now on recess, but when it resumes its en banc session on June 15, this petition is on its agenda. To reiterate, I believe the Court should waive the procedural errors, consider this new pleading as a motion for reconsideration, and take it up on the merits,” he addrd.

“Indeed, the Court’s independence is of the highest transcendental importance that should be frontally faced at this first available opportunity.”

For Panganiban, it’s all about restoring Constitutional processes more than reinstating Sereno.

“Finally, I believe the pulverization of QW as a judicial doctrine will not affect Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno since she is not a party in the pending petition. She has yet to disclose whether to ask for reinstatement as CJ or as AJ, or to apply for reappointment via the usual constitutional process, or to be given retirement benefits similar to that granted to CJ Renato C. Corona, or to do nothing,” Panganiban added.

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