#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 18, 2018

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 18, 2018

LeAnne Jazul

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

Good morning, Rappler readers!

Maria Lourdes Sereno, who was removed as chief justice last week, after majority of her colleagues in the Supreme Court (SC) voted in favor of a quo warranto petition against her, calls on President Rodrigo Duterte to resign for pushing for her ouster. She also calls on the public to fight Duterte’s “dictatorial” rule.

In a forum organized by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Thursday, May 17, Sereno recalls that the President vowed in speech weeks ago that he would tell lawmakers to fast track the impeachment process against her.  

Impeachment is the only process allowed in the Constitution to remove the Chief Justice. However, Duterte’s appointed Solicitor General filed a quo warranto petition with the SC, where justices openly critical of Sereno refused to inhibit from the voting.  

Majority of senators now want to assert the chamber’s authority as an impeachment court to determine if Sereno should be ousted, while opposition lawmakers say they will seek the impeachment of the 8 SC justices who voted for Sereno’s ouster.  

The Ateneo de Manila University is calling for a reversal of the SC vote.  

The Chief Justice’s unconstitutional removal, in fact, will have an impact on the economy, an economist with the University of the Philippines writes for Rappler.   

Here are the big stories you shouldn’t miss.  

Sereno to Duterte: ‘Mag-resign ka na’

“Gagawin niya ba tayong probinsiya ng China? ….Eh di sana pala pumunta rin ako kay Xi Jinping,” says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, as she also mocks President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that China would protect him from being removed from office.

14 senators file resolution urging SC to review Sereno ouster

“[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.

Sotto as Senate president? Reorganization looms ahead of Duterte’s SONA

A draft resolution signed by 14 senators is leaked even as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III denies there are efforts to replace him.

Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim says ex-PM Najib likely headed to jail

The election dramatically reversed Anwar’s fortunes, from prisoner to presumptive successor to 92-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Rappler Talk: What do the Indonesia terror attacks mean for Southeast Asia?

Rappler speaks to Southeast Asia terrorism expert Zachary Abuza about the Surabaya bombings. 


Zuckerberg agrees to closed-door talks with European lawmakers

Closed-door talks are confirmed but other members of European Parliament demand a public hearing

PH’s 2019 SEA Games hosting may snowball to Asian Games bid

The big investment in the regional tournament will pay dividends if the country continues to host prestigious multi-sport events

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