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No mercy! House to impeach Sereno even if SC kicks out CJ in quo warranto case

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The House of Representatives isn’t taking its chances despite reports that the Supreme Court will decide on the quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno next month.

Politiko has learned that the House will proceed with the impeachment proceedings against Sereno when sessions resume on May 14.

This is even if the Supreme Court will reportedly hand down its ruling on the quo warranto case against the Chief Justice on May 17.

A source told Politiko that the House wants Sereno impeached since she will appeal the Supreme Court’s ruling that is reportedly adverse to her.

The House did not act on the justice committee’s report recommending Sereno’s impeachment before it went on break on March 23.

Based on the draft ruling penned by Associate Justice Noel Tijam, the ponente for the case, Sereno will be ousted by the Supreme Court by declaring her appointment null and void.

Solicitor General Jose Calida, who filed the quo warranto petition, argued that Sereno was ineligible to be appointed as 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 (JBC), which screens nominees for posts in the judiciary.