MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) voted on Friday, May 11, to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto petition.
Associate Justice Noel Tijam wrote the historic ponencia that effectively gives Sereno no way out from an ouster.
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Tijam wrote that the use of the word "may" in Section 2, Article XI, of the Constitution permitted an alternative to oust an impeachable officer in a route other than impeachment. Tijam also said that the SC as a supervisory authority of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) can determine the eligibility of an appointed officer.
"[Sereno's] ineligibility for lack of proven integrity cannot be cured by her nomination and subsequent appointment as Chief Justice," the decision said.
It was concurred with by 7 other justices – Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo De Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Samuel Martires, Andres Reyes Jr, and Alexander Gesmundo.
The dissenters were Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr, Mariano del Castillo, Estela Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, and Benjamin Caguioa. – Rappler.com