Duterte insists he had no hand in Sereno’s ouster: Trabaho ni Calida ‘yan!
President Rodrigo Duterte has maintained that he has no involvement in the Supreme Court’s ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
In an interview in Malacañang Wednesday (May 16), Duterte said he never meddled in Solicitor General Jose Calida’s filing of a quo warranto case against Sereno.
“It was his [Calida] job to find faults. I do not order Cabinet members to work on this, work on that. Whatever he thinks that it is his duty to perform, di ako nakikialam,” he said.
“Whatever he thinks that it is his duty to perform, di ako nakikialam,” Duterte added.
Voting 8-6, the Supreme Court invalidated Sereno’s appointment as Chief Justice in 2012 over her failure to file all of her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth when she applied for the position.
Sereno has said she will appeal the decision.
In April, Duterte declared himself as Sereno’s enemy and vowed he will make sure she will be ousted from the Supreme Court.
“Ikaw Sereno, sinabi ko na sa ‘yo, hindi ako nakialam. If you are insisting, count me in. Count me in and I will egg Calida to do his best. Ako na mismo maglakad, magkalaban sa ’yo. Sinabi ko na sa’yong hindi ako nakikialam,” he told reporters before he left for China on April 9.