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LP warns of constitutional crisis if SC hears quo warranto case versus Sereno

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The Liberal Party on Thursday issued a statement warning the Supreme Court that a constitutional crisis may arise if it tries to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on the basis of the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General.

The party said the court “is courting a constitutional crisis by considering the quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.”

“The 1987 Constitution is very explicit that impeachment is the only means to remove a member of the Supreme Court. Doing it through any other means is unconstitutional,” LP said in the statement.

“We urge the Supreme Court Justices to adhere to the very Constitution that they are sworn to protect and abide by,” it said.

“The Supreme Court must show respect for the Constitution and a co-equal branch by allowing Congress to perform its constitutionally mandated duty,” it added.

The OSG filed the quo warranto petition seeking to void the appointment of Sereno in 2012 for supposedly failing to fulfill all the requirements for the post, including the submission of her SALN from her time as a UP law professor.

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