No more chance for Sereno: SC affirms her removal from office

Maria Romero
PUBLISHED June 19, 2018 03:49 pm
Photo from Hannah Reyes Morales/NYT

(Inside Manila)  There’s no more chance for ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s appeal in retrieving the coveted top judge post.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court (SC) made its final decision over Sereno’s motion for reconsideration seeking the reversal of ruling on the legal challenge of her position as chief magistrate in a full court session with a vote of 8-6.

Sereno was removed from office through a special en banc session last May 11 where majority of the highest tribunal also voted 8-6 in favor of Solicitor General Jose Calida’s petition for quo warranto, while 9-5 voted in the argument that it was the proper proceeding.

The petition was made to question Sereno’s integrity as government official after she failed to file necessary asset and liability declarations and her evident unrestrained lifestyle while allegedly using the government funds.

Before May ended, Sereno filed a counter case which mainly explained that she can only be ousted through constitutional means.

Judicial and Bar Council’s 90-day replacement period for the Office of the Chief Justice starts today.



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