JBC holds off Chief Justice search pending final Sereno ouster ruling

Evarado Alatorre
May 18, 2018

Malacañang advised former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to reflect instead of grandstanding after the former lady magistrate's call for President Duterte to resign following her ouster.

"The President has not violated the Constitution, and unlike the former Chief Justice, PRRD enjoys high satisfaction, approval, performance, and trust ratings from the Filipino people".

On Thursday, May 17, Sereno called for Duterte to step down from office, since it "came from his mouth" that he was the brains behind her ouster.

According to sources from the JBC, which screens appointments to the judiciary, the council members reached a consensus during their meeting on Friday to act on the Supreme Court's directive for them to to open the nomination and application for Chief Justice.

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The quo warranto petition lodged by Solicitor General Jose Calida argued that she failed to comply with all the requirements for her appointment when she failed to file her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN).

"We consider this unfortunate for the truth is, 4 other fingers point to her. Ex-CJ Sereno should closely look at the mirror to see who is behind the Supreme Court ruling".

In April, the President declared Sereno "an enemy who must be removed from office" and called on his PDP-Laban party mates at the House to expedite Sereno's impeachment. "However, the former top magistrate has been engaged in grandstanding and seeking media coverage, pointing an accusing finger at President Duterte for the result of the quo warranto petition filed against her", he said in a statement.

Though he had made such public pronouncements, Duterte had repeatedly denied any involvement in Sereno's case and said on Wednesday, May 16, that he would resign if proven otherwise.

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