Supreme Court junks Sereno’s ouster appeal – sources

Maria Lourdes Sereno was permanently removed as Chief Justice Tuesday as the Supreme Court upheld with finality its earlier decision to oust her from the post, Supreme Court sources told CNN Philippines.

Voting 8-6, the High Court junked her appeal to reconsider its earlier decision on the quo warranto petition filed against her by Solicitor General Jose Calida.

Sereno filed a motion for reconsideration on May 30, saying the high court’s ruling to remove her from office was “null and void” and that she was not granted due process.

Sereno’s arguments did not sit well with Calida who insisted that the justices were impartial in deciding on her case.

Calida filed the quo waranto petition against Sereno in March, saying she was “unlawfully holding position.”

Sereno’s camp argued that the petition had “absolutely no basis in law and the Constitution,” and it was not the proper remedy in the case.

The Supreme Court voted 8-6 in favor of the quo waranto petition on May 11, making Sereno the first Chief Justice to be ousted by the Supreme Court. (via CNN Philippines)


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