Sereno out of Supreme Court even as associate justice


"Accordingly, Sereno is ousted and excluded therefrom", Te said in a report. The move comes after President Rodrigo Duterte called her an "enemy" for confronting his administration. "We also ask the Supreme Court justices to reconsider their decision to prevent this constitutional crisis", the group added.

By a vote of 8-6, the court granted the government's petition to cancel Sereno's appointment on the grounds that she failed to disclose information pertaining to her financial earnings when she was appointed in 2010.

One opposition party said the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno, the country's first woman chief justice, removed a shield against abuse of power in government and left behind a "puppet Supreme Court".

Sereno had been accused of failing to fully account for her wealth on taking up the position in 2012, and also of "lavish spending" on hotels and first-class flights, allegations she denies.

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Sereno has been a staunch critic of Duterte and more specifically the drug war.

After the SC's official announcement of the ruling, Sereno immediately stepped out of the SC building and spoke to her supporters.

Sereno had snubbed the House hearings, and instead dared her critics to impeach her so she could defend herself at the Senate, where she said she believed she stood a better chance at getting cleared.

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has described the Supreme Court's decision to unseat her as "unacceptable" and questioned the legality of the move. We render this Court subservient to an aggressive Solicitor General.

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She cited Article XI, Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution that states: "The President, the Vice President, the Members of the Supreme Court, the Members of the Constitutional Commissions, and the Ombudsman may be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust". But there are still some lawmakers calling for the impeachment to proceed independently from the Supreme Court.

"The people should express to the court that the decision was wrong and unacceptable". "The constitutional process of impeachment is now dead". "And the Supreme Court itself must also take the time to review its own decision", he also said. In a statement, the Con-com said the body "will consider the Sereno case in designing the Federal Judiciary".

August 30, 2017 Lawyer and former senatorial candidate Lorenzo Gadon files the second impeachment complaint against Sereno on similar charges, which the justice committee of the House of Representatives finds sufficient in form and substance. The Executive maneuvered to remove the Chief Justice and consolidate its control over all the branches. The five-month siege was quelled but martial law has been extended.

Worldwide rights groups and local critics have accused Duterte of drifting toward authoritarianism after declaring martial law in the south amid a major attack by pro-Daesh militants previous year.

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