The President has no hand in impeachment complaints and quo warranto case — Calida

Published April 10, 2018, 5:55 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Rey Panaligan

The President has no hand in the impeachment complaints in the House of Representatives and in the quo warranto case filed with the Supreme Court (SC), Solicitor General Jose C. Calida said here today.

Solicitor Genral Jose C. Calida (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Solicitor Genral Jose C. Calida (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

In an interview before the start of the oral argument on the quo warranto petition, Calida said the President did not give any instruction to disqualify Sereno and oust her as head of the judiciary.

“The President never instructed me to file a quo warranto case against respondent Sereno; that’s not his style. The quo warranto petition was filed on my own without the President’s instruction,” Calida said.

“I can look at you straight in the eye and say the President has nothing to do with this,” he said.

He even pointed out that he has not discussed the quo warranto petition with the President.

Calida said he was glad the President would support the quo warranto case he filed against Sereno.

“I’m very happy that he supported our quo warranto and he even said that I should do my best. Rest assured I will do my best,” he stressed.

At the same time, Calida debunked Sereno’s claim that the quo warranto petition was unconstitutional.

“Maybe I should add one more violation — proven incompetence. She doesn’t even know the nitty gritty of the Constitution,” he said.

Sereno yesterday asked President Duterte to explain allegations that he was behind the impeachment complaints and the quo warranto case.

 “Please explain why it was Solicitor General Calida who filed the quo warranto case. Surely you [President Duterte] must explain to the people why this unconstitutional act,” Sereno said in her speech before the organizers of the Movement Against Tyranny in Quezon City.

“Mr. President, if you say that you have no hand in this, please explain why Solicitor General Calida, who reports to you, filed the quo warranto petition,” she said.

Sereno also mentioned the impeachment complaints filed against her by lawyer Larry Gadon.

“I have never seen him [Gadon]. But it turned out Gadon has seen the President several times and I am really surprised,” she said.

The President has denied all the allegations in connection with the impeachment complaints and the quo warranto petition against Sereno.

Reacting to Sereno’s statements, the President vowed to help expedite the removal Sereno from the SC.

Duterte said he will also ask Congress to proceed with Sereno’s impeachment trial immediately as she is not good for the country and keeping her any longer would only create crisis.

“I will see to it and after that, I will request the Congress, go into the impeachment right away. Because the two entities can hear it simultaneously. Impeachment in Congress,” he said.

The President said he has had enough of Sereno placing the blame on him when he already told the Chief Justice that he is not in the habit of going after his political enemies.