House justice committee chair and Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Rep. Reynaldo Umali confidently said the House of Representatives would vote to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno when it votes on the articles of impeachment his committee finished drafting Monday (March 17).
Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro on Thursday expressed dismay over Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s speech on the Office of the Solicitor General’s (OSG) quo warranto petition against the latter, during the annual national convention of the Philippine Women Judges Association (PWJA) held at the Manila Hotel.
The camp of Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno showed no surprise at all that the House of Representatives committee on justice found probable cause in the impeachment complaint against her.
The Philippine Supreme Court chief justice vowed to fight “bullying” and save judicial independence as President Rodrigo Duterte’s congressional allies launched an impeachment process Thursday to remove her from office.
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 quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida is unconstitutional as only the Senate, convening as the impeachment court, can unseat Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senator Bam Aquino said.
Oriental Mindoro second-district Rep. Rey Umali, chairman of the committee on justice, said the House of Representatives will decide the fate of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno before the next congressional break in March.
Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno said efforts by the country’s most powerful people to impeach her was not just about removing a personal obstacle in the Supreme Court but about sabotaging the country’s democratic foundation.
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