Rappler's latest stories on quo warranto petitions
In 1949, the Supreme Court dismissed a similar petition involving a Senate leadership takeover for lack of jurisdiction over a political question
The reprimand is a lighter sanction against ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno because the Supreme Court earlier indicated the possibility of disbarment
'Di bale. Uuwi na lang ako sa amin,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, as he lightheartedly speaks of the quo warranto petition against him during the anniversary of the Office of the Solicitor General
'As long as you have a good conscience, you did your best, that should be enough,' says Maria Lourdes Sereno
'I have to be consistent with my position, that the quo warranto is not the proper way to remove a sitting member of the Court. So I don’t want to benefit from the decision to which I disagreed,' says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio
(3rd UPDATE) The Supreme Court junks 'with finality' ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's motion for reconsideration
'With due respect, the Honorable Court's narrowly drawn ruling shows the use of the law to pursue a desired result, that is, the ouster of the Chief Justice,' says the Integrated Bar of the Philippines
(UPDATED) Under the Rules of Court only the solicitor general, a public prosecutor, and an individual who has a claim to the office can file a quo warranto petition
Opposition senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima maintain that impeachment is the only way to remove a chief justice
The Supreme Court issues a show cause order against ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for discussing the merits of the case before the media
At any rate, if Duterte and his gang think they're done with Sereno, they’re mistaken
Malacañang hits back at former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for insisting on the involvement of President Rodrigo Duterte in her ouster
(UPDATED) Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin, and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano have expressed their intention to file impeachment complaints against the Supreme Court justices
The blog post contains a video of a professor's opinions on the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The Liberal Party nor the Duterte Cabinet is not explicitly mentioned in that video.
(2ND UPDATE) '[It] sets a dangerous precedent that transgresses the exclusive powers of the legislative branch to initiate, try, and decide all cases of impeachment,' says Senate Resolution 738
Her legacy is an unimpeachable reputation, and a record of leadership marked by changes that have and will continue to enhance the judiciary and the legal profession
Edre Olalia of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) says it is up to Justices Andres Reyes Jr and Alexander Gesmundo to ‘change their minds’. There is also the curious case of Justice Francis Jardeleza.
The President and the Vice President have very minimal requirements for eligibility. As such, there are very limited grounds to use a quo warranto petition against them.
'The decision and its fallout will prove to be a series of teachable moments, for members of the profession, for law students, and for the public'
Associate Justice Teresita de Castro says ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's 'pattern of lies' began even before she was appointed to head the Supreme Court
'Perhaps, an old torch will be finally rekindled: one which will light the way for a more vigilant citizenry that is sober, analytical, and organized enough to demand decency and a true passion for justice from all of government,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen
Read the full text of the Supreme Court decision, penned by Associate Justice Noel Tijam, that ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
Maaari bang balewalain ni Sereno ang desisyon at igiit ang kaniyang sarili bilang Punong Mahistrado?
Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe’s dissent also notes that facts and the own statements of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno 'cast shadows of doubt on her claim that she indeed faithfully filed all her SALNs'
'This case marks the time when the Court commits seppuku – without honor,' says Associate Justice Alfredo Caguioa
'The Philippine Supreme Court’s unprecedented and nefarious removal of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno constitutes a frontal assault on human rights protections and democratic rule,' says Caloy Conde, HRW Researcher, Asia Division
"Even if the Chief Justice has failed our expectations, quo warranto, as a process to oust an impeachable officer and a sitting member of the Supreme Court, is a legal abomination,” says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen
As it happens, Topacio is our link between two stinks – the one surrounding the Tulfos now and the one exploded in 2005 by Gloria Arroyo, former president and now Deputy Speaker and seemingly an eternal Topacio client
The 153-page ponencia of Associate Justice Noel Tijam effectively assures Sereno's ouster – even if Congress tries to intervene
Sereno maintains 6 justices should have inhibited. 'Eh di resounding victory,' says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
‘Can I redeem myself in the eyes of the public if there will always be rumors about me compromising?’ says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
The Supreme Court justice says on social media the petition should have been dismissed outright, while the spokesperson posts a straightforward, self-explanatory graphic
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However, constitutional law experts say it is only Congress which is in a position to challenge the quo warranto
Hopefully ‘Infinity War’ isn’t a spoiler for the Philippines
'This decision is the epitome of its exercise of judicial independence,' says Calida who is responsible for the ouster of the chief justice
'The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of the law. The High Court has spoken,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
'Inilagay tayo dito para sa mga ganitong panahon, ang araw na ito ay araw ng paglaban,' says Maria Lourdes Sereno moments after she was ousted as Chief Justice
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(UPDATED) Nine justices also vote to declare the Chief Justice as having violated the Constitution for failing to file her SALNs
(5TH UPDATE) 'The Supreme Court has fallen, and fallen hard in the eyes of the public,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros
Can she ignore the decision and assert herself as the chief justice?
(5th UPDATE) If the Senate decides to question the ouster, it will result in a constitutional crisis, says constitutional law expert Dan Gatmaytan
Sereno arrives at the tightly guarded Supreme Court just before 8 am on Friday, May 11
On Thursday, May 10, Rappler talks to constitutional law professor Dan Gatmaytan to discuss possible scenarios after the Supreme Court votes on the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
It's a doctrine that literally means 'for this moment' and will quell fears that the quo warranto can be abused in the future
It is a defiant message from the Chief Justice: if the justices want to oust her, they are going to have to do it to her face
Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Mara Cepeda
'The quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno...can be the final blow to the ideal of justice we all depend on…. [It] is not just her fight, it is our fight,' the Vice President says at the Free the Courts forum