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Bitter lang siya! Palace shrugs off Sereno’s resignation call for Duterte as grandstanding

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Malacañang has shrugged off former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s call for the resignation of President Rodrigo Duterte as a form of grandstanding because she was ousted from the Supreme Court.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Friday (May 18) said it was “unfortunate” that Sereno was accusing Duterte of having a hand in her ouster when she was at fault for her removal from office.

“We have earlier refrained from commenting on the former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s call for the President to resign. However, the former top magistrate has been engaged in grandstanding and seeking media coverage, pointing an accusing finger at President Duterte for the result of the quo warranto petition filed against her,” he said in a statement.

Roque advised Sereno to “closely look at the mirror” to see how involved she was in her own ouster.

“She herself violated the Constitution by not filing her SALN, and she herself managed to alienate her own colleagues at the High Court,” he said.

Voting 8-6, the Supreme Court invalidated Sereno’s appointment as Chief Justice over her failure to submit all of her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth to the Judicial and Bar Council, which screens the applicants to the judiciary.

Duterte said he will resign if it will be proven he called up any politiko or justice to have Sereno removed from office.

In response to this, Sereno said the President should make good on his promise to resign since he had openly declared himself as her “enemy.”

Roque said that unlike Sereno, Duterte has not violated the Constitution and continues to enjoy high satisfaction, approval, performance, and trust ratings.