Five justices refuse to inhibit from Sereno ouster proceedings

Five justices refuse to inhibit from Sereno ouster proceedings

"I'm putting you on notice that I'm your enemy and have to be out of the Supreme Court", a seething Duterte told Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in a press conference he held at the global airport in his hometown of Davao City in Mindanao before flying to China to attend an worldwide conference. "She is bad for the Philippines", Duterte said in a press interview at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport shortly before departing for the People's Republic of China to attend the Boao Forum of Asia. This time I'm asking the congressmen and the Speaker: "Do it now".

Sereno said, according to local media.

Before answering the first question by de Castro on the religious compliance of submitting her SALN, Sereno countered by claiming that the associate justice herself only filed 15 out of 39 of her own SALNs before the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) when she also applied for the position of chief justice.

"Sinasabi ko na sa 'yo na hindi ako nakikialam".

The articles of impeachment against Sereno is now pending before the lower Chamber as it awaits deliberations and approval by the plenary.

A visibly irate President Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte on Monday declared war on the embattled woman chief justice of the Supreme Court (SC), saying he would ask the House of Representative to hasten the impeachment complaint filed against her. In a text message to reporters, Alvarez, a staunch ally and Duterte's fellow Mindanaoan, assured that the Sereno impeachment would be their first priority when Congress is to resume sessions in May.

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Then we will see if we get through, and then who we have to face, but we must not think beyond tomorrow's game. We shouldn't have any problems. "We will adapt to this situation".

Once approved by the House plenary, the articles of impeachment would then be transmitted to the Senate, which would convene as an impeachment court.

"This further erodes any semblance of decency or democracy that this regime hopes to project as it consolidates power by eliminating critics in order to complete its dictatorial designs", the lawmakers added.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is set to hear a separate petition to unseat Sereno from the country's highest tribunal tomorrow.

Duterte makes no secret of his dislike of Sereno.

He said some information are now being floated that majority of the SC justices might give due course and remove Sereno via the quo warranto proceeding.

"There are allegations and grounds stated which I vehemently deny and I will put that in a resolution that I will later on submit to the court", De Castro said to Sereno.

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