Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Philippines Supreme Court ousts Chief Justice

Philippines Supreme Court ousts Chief Justice

Sereno went on leave starting in March, but she has insisted that all accusations against her are false.

Duterte said he had avoided getting involved in efforts to remove Sereno but got fed up. Although she did not mention President Rodrigo Duterte by name, she alluded to many issues under his leadership, including extrajudicial killings, which have been raised by rights activists and critics. "If it calls for your forced removal, I will do it", he added.

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"We can not remain silent because silence is like condoning the abuse.

Accordingly, Sereno is ousted and excluded therefrom", Te said in a report.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's fellow justices were scheduled to vote Friday on Solicitor-General Jose Calida's petition to remove Sereno from the 15-member tribunal for allegedly failing to file statements of assets and liabilities as required by law in the past.

An hour after the ruling, Ms Sereno emerged from her office and urged supporters to "defend the Constitution and fight wrongdoing".

August 30, 2017 Lawyer and former senatorial candidate Lorenzo Gadon files the second impeachment complaint against Sereno on similar charges, which the justice committee of the House of Representatives finds sufficient in form and substance. I urge the public to remain calm. "Let's get there, we might find some clue there".

A Philippine opposition leader says the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is a mockery of the constitution.

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Under the Constitution, impeachable officials are the president, vice president, SC justices, members of the constitutional commissions (Commission on Elections, Civil Service Commission and Commission on Audit), and the Ombudsman.

Pangilinan, who heads the opposition Liberal Party, says "what the majority in the Supreme Court did was a mockery of the constitution". "This decision is wrong". Her spokesperson, Jojo Lacanilao, in a separate statement said the chief justice has chose to take a 15-day "wellness leave".

The court said its decision is in effect immediately but gave Sereno 10 days to appeal the decision. "Let's continue to spread the message of democracy and reason".

"They took the exclusive job of the Senate, blatantly violated their oath to protect the constitution and destroyed the constitution", she said. Changing the law in the middle of the match is not right.

According to Councilor Caesar Distrito, "All lawyers, law students and even ordinary educated persons know that impeachable officials can only be removed through an impeachment proceeding".

"Respondent [Sereno] is found disqualified from and is hereby adjudged guilty of unlawfully holding and exercising the Office of the Chief Justice".

Sereno had been accused of failing to fully account for her wealth on taking up the position in 2012, and also of "lavish spending" on hotels and first-class flights, allegations she denies.

Atty. Oliver Lozano filed a petition to the High Court to invalidate Sereno's appointment on the ground that the top magistrate failed to comply with mandatory legal requirements.

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