Solicitor General declares war on Chief Justice

Valerie Castro

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It’s unprecedented in recent history. In a letter-petition he filed with the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), which screens nominees to the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza asked that the JBC head, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, be disallowed from voting on the shortlist to be submitted to President Benigno Aquino III. Jardeleza is a nominee for the vacant SC position. He said he doubts if Sereno would be a neutral judge as far as he was concerned, saying Sereno’s issues against him seemed like “a ruse to favor her alleged candidate.” These are strong words coming not only from someone who wants to be justice of the highest court of the land but who also happens to be the government’s chief lawyer who defends its cases in court.

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