Philippine Supreme Court removes Duterte 'enemy' judge

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

Another senator, JV Ejercito, warned of a possible constitutional crisis if the House of Representatives proceeds to impeach Sereno despite her removal.

Pangilinan, who heads the opposition Liberal Party, says "what the majority in the Supreme Court did was a mockery of the constitution". Bam Aquino lamented that "the SC justices had removed from the public the right to know the truth and examine the case..."

She said she wants to talk to common people, including the youth, about injustice and the urgency of fighting for what is right.

"It is not my personal interest or actual bias but the common interest of every incumbent Member of the Court to find the truth in whether or not respondent Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno has the integrity to qualify her to hold the highest position in the Judiciary", De Castro said.

On Friday, May 11, the Supreme Court voted in favor of the quo warranto petition lodged by Solicitor General Jose Calida. This means the ruling may not be a stable one and may be subject to revision going forward."The "biggest winners" in the ruling, said Sen".

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Leonen's points should be seriously considered by the Court in reviewing its decision lest they go down in history as checkers of excess on any branch or instrumentality of the government who are themselves excessive.

The Judicial Reform Initiative said it was "concerned" that the Supreme Court gave precedence to a "quo warranto" petition against Sereno over an ongoing impeachment in Congress.

After the vote, Sereno joined her supporters outside the court, asking them to organize a movement to defend justice and accountability. In fact, it took a shortcut and was sped up. "However, a two-member bench did assemble later, from which I was excluded", he explained. In a text message, Coco Alcuaz, executive director of Makati Business Club, conceded that although an impeachment process would have at least sustained investor confidence, the Supreme Court remained the "final arbiter of all constitutional issues."Now is the test". In the almost two years the brash-talking leader has been in power, an opposition senator has been locked up on drug charges she says were fabricated and other critics have been insulted or threatened. "We need just a spark." added Mananzan.In Baguio City, the Youth Act Now Against Tyranny (Yanat) scheduled an indignation rally.

Once an independent judge like Sereno is ousted, "there will be no more balance of power". The Central government had sent the recommendation back to the collegium for reconsideration but the only concession the five-judge bench is prepared to make is that it would send some other names of judges it wants appointed additionally to the apex court when it meets again on May 16.