The Philippines: Ax to fall on Sereno

June 18, 2018

THE final ax will fall on ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, as Supreme Court justices are expected to dismiss with finality her appeal, thus making the tribunal’s ruling sacking her final and executory, sources said.

Unimpeachable sources said the 25-page Draft Resolution circulated by Associate Justice Noel Tijam denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Sereno who questioned her removal through quo warranto proceedings.

“Wherefore, respondent’s Ad Cautelam Motion for Reconsideration is Denied with Finality for lack of merit. No further pleadings shall be entertained. Let entry of judgment be made immediately,” the source quoted part of Tijam’s resolution.

The resolution also urged the Judicial and Bar Council to speed up the process of nomination for the next chief justice.

Once majority of the members of the high court adopts Tijam’s ponencia, Sereno will become the first chief justice to be removed via quo warranto. Former chief Justice Renato Corona was ousted from his post in December 2011 after the Senate impeachment court convicted him for betraying the public trust and committing culpable violation of the Constitution.

Sereno, the country’s first female chief justice, was appointed by former President Benigno Aquino 3rd on August 24, 2012.

The SC source said Tijam’s draft ponencia maintained that Sereno must be sacked for lack of integrity and for her failure to submit Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth as required by law.


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