Roque to ‘private citizen’ Sereno: Good luck!
This was the message of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque to ouster Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno after the Supreme Court affirmed its decision upholding the quo warranto ase filed against her by Solicitor Genral Jose Calida.
Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte would respect and would implement the SC ruling “because the President is the implementer of the law and Supreme Court decisions.
On May 11, the High Court, voting 8-6, ruled that Sereno’s failure to submit her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) as law professor at the University of the Philippines made her ineligible to hold her position.
Sereno’s ouster from the High Court marks the first time that a chief justice was removed through a quo warranto petition.
The High Court’s decision to affirm its ruling came as no surprise for several lawmakers at the House of Representatives.
In an interview on Tuesday, House justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali said it was already expected that the High Court would uphold its decision granting the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of Solicitor General (OSG) which nullified Sereno’s appointment as chief magistrate.
Umali said the impeachment case against Sereno would be deemed moot and academic.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, for his part, urged the public to respect the SC decision, noting that the High Court is mandated by the Constitution as the final arbiter of legal and constitutional questions.