May 11, 2018
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said on Friday, May 11, that it intends to seek the reversal of a Supreme Court ruling that ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
“We are awaiting official receipt of the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) in Republic vs. Sereno, with an eye towards seeking its reconsideration or reversal,” IBP national president Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo said on Friday, May 11.
The SC en banc voted 8-6 on Friday to oust Sereno.
“This is pursuant to our position that only the Senate, assembled as an impeachment court, has the power to dismiss an incumbent Justice of the Supreme Court on questions pertaining to his or her alleged lack of integrity,” Fajardo said.
However, when Fajardo and the IBP first attempted to intervene, the petition was only “noted” by the Court. (READ: After ouster as CJ, Sereno says ‘the fight has just started’)
According to constitutional law professor Dan Gatmaytan, it is only the Congress which has the personality to challenge the quo warranto petition.
“[The Congress] would have a stronger case because they are the party in interest, because it is their function to do what the Supreme Court is trying to do,” Gatmaytan said.
Ha added: “The IBP, it’s always hard for them to defend their personality, sometimes they say they have to make sure the law is followed. That doesn’t always work in the Supreme Court especially in a case like this.” (READ: After SC ousts her, what can Sereno do now?)
But as of Friday, either chambers have not expressed intent to challenge this ruling.
(Leila de Lima Facebook 12/5/18)