By Rey Panaligan
BAGUIO CITY – The historic oral argument conducted by the Supreme Court (SC) on the petition to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno as head of the judiciary ended at about 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Sereno appeared personally and answered, under oath, the questions from her colleagues. This is the first time in the history of the country’s judiciary that a sitting Chief Justice became a respondent in a petition filed with the SC.
Both Sereno and Solicitor General Jose C. Calida, who filed the quo warranto petition in behalf of the government, were given 10 days or until April 20 to submit their respective memorandum in amplification of the oral argument.
Both parties were also required to submit the documents required by the SC.
Acting Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio said no extension on the period to file the memorandum will be entertained.
After the filing of the memorandum, the petition for quo warrranto is deemed submitted for decision.
SC justices are in this city for their traditional summer sessions until the end of this month. Next month, they will be in a month-long decision-writing period. Sessions will resume first week of June.
Sources said the ruling on the quo warranto petition may be released in June. But they did not discount the possibility that it may also be released before the end of this month considering that the justice-in-charge of the case has reportedly drafted a ruling based on the petition, the comment on the petition, and the reply to the comment.
They said there may be some revisions on the draft ruling based on the outcome of the oral argument and on the memorandum that would be filed.