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Sereno on quo warranto petition: Why are they afraid of Senate impeachment trial?

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The spokespersons of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said on Monday that the Supreme Court should not entertain the quo warranto petition filed against her by the Office of the Solicitor General “for it has absolutely no basis in law and in the Constitution.”

“The high tribunal should dismiss the petition outright on the basis that quo warranto is not a proper remedy,” her spokespersons said in a statement, noting that under the 1987 Constitution, “the Chief Justice may only be removed from office upon impeachment by the House of Representatives and conviction by the Senate, sitting as an impeachment court.”

“The instant action for quo warranto against the Chief Justice is devoid of basis, not to mention that the one-year prescriptive period for filing such action has long prescribed pursuant to Section 11 of Rule 66 of the Rules of Court,” her spokespersons said.

They also asked why the OSG had to resort to such a move considering the House of Representatives was already on the verge of impeaching her.

“The most cruel act they can inflict on the Filipino nation is to pressure the Supreme Court to substitute impeachment with quo warranto. Why are they afraid of a Senate trial?” they said.

Sereno’s spokerspersons added, “We wish to reiterate that this latest action by the Solicitor General is part and parcel of the grand plan to harass, malign and humiliate the Chief Justice to force her to resign because her detractors know that the impeachment case, which was built on lies, won’t stand a chance in the Senate.”

“The Chief Justice is ready to face trial and disprove all allegations against her before the Senate, which is the only body or institution that can remove her from office via two-thirds vote of all its members. She will not back down in her fight for truth and justice,” they said.

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