May 16, 2021 @ 10:13

Harsh or not? Panganiban, Jardeleza debate on Sereno impeachment 3 years on

Two former Supreme Court justices have been using newsprint to publicize a word war which started with Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban dubbing the 2018 decision ousting ex-CJ Ma. Lourdes Sereno “harsh.”

Weeks later, former Solicitor General and Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza penned a commentary to the Philippine Daily Inquirer to dispute Panganiban’s claims, saying he represented seven other magistrates who wanted to call out the opinion piece.

Panganiban in April said the newest set of SC justices should revisit the Sereno quo warranto removal and reconsider the “harsh” decision that saw the first lady chief “expunged” from the list of CJs and erased from Padre Faura’s gallery.

“Is it just, ethical, and wise for the justices who testified during the House impeachment proceedings to have participated and voted in the QW case? (To be fair, the present chief is not one of them),” Panganiban wrote on Sunday, May 16. “Is it just, ethical, and wise for them to have accepted the new post and benefits created by their acts and votes?”

The call is timely now that there’s an attempt to impeach Associate Justice Marvic Leonen this time, while a pending case has been lodged against Justice Edgardo Delos Santos, who has opted for early retirement instead.

“He proposes that it be treated as a motion for reconsideration, and taken up on the merits, as to give the Court an opportunity to reverse the 8-6 decision in Republic v. Sereno. I object,” Jardeleza said in his May 8 response.

“By the way, the eighth affirmative vote in Republic v. Sereno was cast by the now chief justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
All considered, I maintain with even more cogency, now, the rationale of Republic v. Sereno.”

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