Supreme Court rules Sereno ouster as “final”

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) affirmed its decision to oust former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as “final.”

Supreme Court rules Sereno ouster as “final”
The Supreme Court junks Sereno’s appeal | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Stand with CJ Sereno

On Tuesday, June 19, SC ruled to deny Sereno’s motion for reconsideration. In a vote of 8-6, the High Court magistrates stood firm with its decision to remove Sereno following the quo warranto petition. The Court said Sereno's appeal “lacks merit.”

The quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida stated that when Sereno applied for the Chief Justice position, she failed to “fully disclose” all her statements of assets, liabilities and net worth.

Following the same 8-6 votes from the magistrates, the Supreme Court granted Sereno's ouster on May 11, 2018. Protests ensued calling the ouster “illegal and unconstitutional.” While other analysts called the event as a “game changer” since Justices often see themselves as “untouchables.”

Sereno’s motion for reconsideration sought to make the ouster decision as null and void. She called out the Justices for “impartiality” and insisted that she may only be removed through impeachment.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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