Duterte demands ouster of embattled chief justice


Duterte demands ouster of embattled chief justice

"Before I answer that question, can I have your assurance that should a quo warranto petition be filed against any of you, on the ground that one or more of your SALNs are not on record, that you would also under oath, declare before this Court, answer all allegations and questions regarding your SALN", Sereno said.

Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro on Tuesday was the first to interpellate Sereno over her Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net worth (SALNs).

Sereno doubted Duterte's statement that he had no hand in the filing of the petition filed by Calida before the SC. Count me in and I will egg Calida to do his best.

The clash immediately began after Sereno took her oath.

"Pres. Duterte's verbal attack against CJ Sereno earlier and his order to Congress to fast track the impeachment process may just be a smokescreen for the impending removal of CJ Sereno via the unconstitutional quo warranto proceeding in the Supreme Court (SC)", Zarate said.

Carpio asked Sereno about her more current SALNs but she said she was only asked by the JBC for her 1994-1995 SALNs. She also denied having any grudge against Sereno.

Sereno, however, insisted that she could not longer find copies of her SALN because of the 10-year retention period.

Under questioning by Associate Justice Noel Tijam, Sereno stuck to her stand and said she submitted all requirements with the JBC, not only the SALNs but also the NBI and police clearances, Court clearance and clearance from the Office of the Ombudsman.

Duterte on Monday said he is Sereno's "enemy" after the top magistrate urged him to explain why Calida was seeking the invalidation of her appointment.

Police say they have killed roughly 4,000 drug suspects who fought back during arrest since Duterte launched the war almost two years ago. Sereno's failure to submit her SALNs for the past years is the major basis of the solicitor general in filing the quo warranto petition, which intends to nullify Sereno's appointment as chief justice.

The embattled judge, the Philippines' first woman chief justice, is facing challenges on several fronts and is on a leave of absence to prepare for possible impeachment proceedings.

"Correct your honor", Calida said.

The almost 300-seat house returns from a recess next month and will convene for a plenary vote on the impeachment complaint, which accuses Sereno of failure to fully declare her earnings.

He maintained that Section 2, Article XI, of the Constitution provides that "impeachable officials 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".

Under the rules on impeachment, a vote of one-third, or at least 98 lawmakers, of the total number of House members is needed to send the impeachment complaint to the Senate.



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