Statement of CHR Chairperson Jose Luis Martin Gascon on the Supreme Court decision to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Statement of CHR Chairperson Jose Luis Martin Gascon on the Supreme Court decision to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

I am saddened by the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto petition. The 1987 Constitution is clear that a sitting Chief Justice can only be removed through impeachment. At the same time, the rules on availing the remedy of a quo warranto have long been established.

I am equally surprised that the majority of the justices would arrive at a ruling that many former SC justices, law experts, and learned law faculties have said would raise serious Constitutional questions that may lead to political and legal uncertainties in the future. ■

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