IBP: Only Senate can unseat Chief Justice

IBP: Only Senate can unseat Chief Justice

IBP: Only Senate can unseat Chief Justice

"Maria Lourdes Sereno is found disqualified from, and hereby adjudged guilty of unlawfully holding and exercising, the office of the chief justice", said court spokesman Theodore Te, who read out the decision.

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Sereno committed lapses when she failed to submit all the requirements when she applied as top magistrate.

In his dissenting opinion, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen referred to Solicitor General Jose Calida who filed a quo warranto petition against Sereno who became the first impeachable official in the judiciary to be ousted without undergoing an impeachment trial before the Senate as mandated by the Constitution.

Once an independent judge like Sereno is ousted, "there will be no more balance of power; Duterte will be a virtual dictator", Reyes said.

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In the concurring opinion released Friday, De Castro said the disagreements between her and Sereno are clearly not personal but "work-related".

Sereno is facing a separate impeachment bid in the House of Representatives, which is dominated by Duterte's allies.

The two were both candidates for the position of Chief Justice, which has been vacated when former Chief Justice Renato Corona was impeached in 2012. "Let's continue to spread the message of democracy and reason", she told the crowd.

She says the justices who voted to boot her out of the 15-member tribunal seized "the sole responsibility of the Senate, brazenly violated their sworn responsibility to protect the constitution and destroyed the judiciary".

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By having forced Sereno's ouster, however, Duterte has further isolated himself and has generated a potentially fatal political crisis.

The Philippine Supreme Court voted on Friday to remove its top judge, whom President Rodrigo Duterte has called an "enemy" for voting against several controversial government proposals, citing violations in the way she was appointed.

Occupying the No. 2 slot in the 15-member SC, Carpio had been acting Chief Justice in many instances in the past - when the late Chief Justice Renato C. Corona was convicted in the Senate impeachment trial in 2012 until the appointment of Sereno on the same year, whenever Sereno travelled overseas or on official leave, and when Sereno took an indefinite leave last March 1 until she reported back to work last May 9. Sereno denies the allegation and did not participate in the vote.

An hour after the decision, Sereno emerged from her office and urged her supporters to "defend the constitution and fight wrongdoing". Everyday, there is a growing list of victims of extrajudicial killings, abductions, illegal arrests, military looting and other human rights abuses under Duterte's Mindano martial law, his reign of military power across the country through his Oplan Kapayapaan war of suppression, and his "war of drug syndicates".

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