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Ateneo dean Ronald Mendoza asks ConCom: How can Cha-cha be credible if SC violated Constitution?

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Ateneo School of Government dean Ronald Mendoza is wondering how Charter Change (Cha-cha) can be credible if the Supreme Court already violated the 1987 Constitution by ousting Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

In a tweet posted Saturday (May 12), Mendoza urged the Constitutional Committee (ConCom) to speak up on the issue since it is tasked to propose amendments to the Charter.

“How can they credibly propose amendments to a Consti these justices just violated? How can we create a new one — we can’t even protect the old one?” he asked.

The ConCom was formed by President Rodrigo Duterte to help Congress in pursuing Cha-cha with the end goal of shifting to a federal form of government.

Voting 8-6, the Supreme Court invalidated Sereno’s appointment as Chief Justice due to her failure to submit all of her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) when she applied for the post in 2012.

Those who voted to grant the quo warranto petition against Sereno were Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Teresita De Castro, Lucas Bersamin, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr., Alexander Gesmundo, Francis Jardeleza and Samuel Martires.

The magistrates who dissented were: Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, and Associate Justices Marvic Leonen, Estela Perlas Bernabe, Mariano Del Castillo, Presbitero Velasco and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.