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Hirap sa depensa? Sereno asks for more time to submit reply to show cause order

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Ousted Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday (May 25) has asked for more time to file her response to the show cause order against her over her alleged violation of the gag order concerning her quo warranto case.

Sereno failed to comply with her deadline on Friday to submit a comment over the SC’s show cause order.

Instead, she filed a motion seeking an extension and be allowed to file her comment by June 9.

Last May 11, the SC en banc granted the quo warranto petition of Solicitor General Jose Calida who sought to void her 2012 appointment as chief justice for her failure to submit back then her statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

In the SC decision, Sereno was ordered to show cause “for transgressing the sub judice rule and for casting aspersions and ill motives to the Members of the Supreme Court.”

“Instead of participating in the process and answering the charges against her truthfully to assist in the expeditious resolution of the matter, respondent opted to proceed to a nationwide campaign, conducting speeches and accepting interviews, discussing the merits of the case and making comments thereon to vilify the members of the Congress, cast aspersions on the impartiality of the Members of the Court, degrade the faith of the people to the Judiciary, and falsely impute illmotives against the government that it is orchestrating the charges against her,” it said.

“It is well-nigh unthinkable for respondent to profess deprivation of due process when she herself chose to litigate her case before the media,” the high tribunal pointed out.

The SC said Sereno could be “held liable for disbarment for violating the Canons of Professional Responsibility for violating the sub Judice rule by repeatedly discussing the merits of the quo warranto petition in different fora and for casting aspersions and ill motives to the Members of the Court even before a decision is made.”

“This wrongful actuation exemplify a poor regard for the judicial system and may amount to conduct unbecoming of a Justice and a lawyer,” it pointed out.