Palace tells Sereno: Good luck

Published May 31, 2018, 3:12 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang has few words for ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno after she filed an appeal to reverse the decision of the Supreme Court to oust her through a quo warranto.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
(MANILA BULLETIN)

In his Thursday press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque wished Sereno good luck and appealed to wait for the process to unfold.

“May proseso po ‘yan, sundan ang proseso (There is a process. Let’s follow the process) and we wish her the best,” he said.

Roque also responded to Sereno’s claim that the Duterte administration is continuing its persecution, especially now that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is investigating her.

“Well, I think for now she should worry whether or not her own colleagues will uphold their rulings against her,” he said.

In a historic vote, Sereno was ousted by her colleagues in the Supreme Court after the justices voted in favor of a quo warranto as a method of removing a chief justice. The quo warranto petition was filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida.

President Duterte in May insisted that he had nothing to do with Sereno’s ouster despite his earlier pronouncement that he will see to it that Sereno will be removed from office.

“[If] there was one congresswoman or congressman, or Justice, single Justice magsabi may kinausap ako diyan na (who can say that I spoke with someone about it) — I can guarantee you, I will resign,” Duterte said Wednesday evening.

“At tanungin niyo maski sino (Ask anybody). I never lifted a finger… Kaya ngayon (So now) I challenge everybody and anybody,” he added.

Read more: Sereno files appeal vs ouster

 
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