The Philippines: It’s final: SC says Sereno no longer chief justice

June 19, 2018

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld its ruling on Solicitor General Jose Calida’s petition for quo warranto that voided Maria Lourdes Sereno’s appointment as the top judge of the country.

In a full court session, the high tribunal voted 8-6 to throw out Sereno’s motion for reconsideration to overturn its ruling on the legal challenge to her appointment as chief justice.

Entry of judgment will follow, making the ruling final.

SC spokesperson Theodore Te said that the 90-day period for filling the vacancy in the Office of the Chief Justice starts today, June 19.

This is pursuant to the Article VIII

Sereno was removed from her position through a vote of her colleagues, some of whom had appeared in House hearings on a separate impeachment complaint against her. She had asked the justices to inhibit themselves from the case but none agreed to do so.

In a special en banc session on May 11, the SC voted 8-6 to declare her appointment null. Sereno, according to the ruling penned by Associate Justice Noel Tijam, was “adjudged guilty of unlawfully holding and exercising the Office of the Chief Justice.” (TAGALOG) (ESPANOL)


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