Back to back defensive: Sereno bent on fighting impeach raps, quo warranto case
Lawyer Josalee Deinla, one of Sereno’s spokespersons, claimed Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno remained unfazed by the impeachment case and quo warranto petition against her.
“Chief Justice Sereno is determined to fight the impeachment case and the quo warranto petition filed against her with the Supreme Court. This means that all her efforts are focused on the issues at hand. Any insinuation about her supposed plan in the future is nothing but a distraction to sow intrigue and confuse the public,” Deinla said in a statement.
“Let’s keep our eyes on the ball and stay focused on the issues behind the coordinated attempts to oust the Chief Justice,” she added.
Sereno, currently on indefinite leave from office, has earlier sought the dismissal of the case, arguing that the SC has no jurisdiction and authority to remove her from office because the 1987 Constitution provides that she could only be ousted by impeachment in Congress as an impeachable official.
Citing Section 2, Article XI of the Constitution, she said impeachable officials — including herself and all justices of the SC — may only be removed from office upon impeachment by the House of Representatives and conviction by the Senate, sitting as an impeachment court.
During the oral arguments on the quo warranto petition in Baguio City last April 10, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio directed both parties to submit their respective memoranda and pertinent documents on or before April 20. (PNA)