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Mag-resign ka na! Sereno dares Duterte to make good on his promise

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Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has challenged President Rodrigo Duterte to make good on his promise to resign if his hand in her ouster is proven.

In a forum in Pasig City Thursday (May 17), Sereno indicated that Duterte was influential in the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate her appointment as Chief Justice.

“Kahapon sinasabi niyang—hindi totoo—na magre-resign daw siya. Pang-ilang beses na po nating narinig na magre-resign siya?” she said.

“Galing sa kanyang bibig, ang pag-amin na siya ang pasimula at at magpupursigi sa pagtanggal sa akin. Puwes, ginoong Pangulo, mag-resign ka na,” Sereno added, eliciting applause from the audience.

Voting 8-6, the Supreme Court said Sereno was not qualified to become Chief Justice due to her failure to submit all of her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) to the Judicial and Bar Council, which screens applicants to the judiciary.

On Wednesday (May 16), Duterte denied he was involved in kicking Sereno out of the Supreme Court despite his earlier statements that he is her “enemy” and he will make sure she was removed from office.

“I said [if] there was one congresswoman or congressman or single justice magsabi may kinausap ako diyan, I can guarantee you, I will resign,” Duterte told reporters in Malacañang.