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Legislators condemn SC decision to oust Sereno

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File photo of a session at the House of Representatives' plenary hall taken on March 1, 2017. — AFP

Legislators on Friday, May 11, condemned the Supreme Court (SC) decision granting the quo warranto petition against now-ousted Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes P.A. Sereno.

“With 8 voting for her ouster, (Chief Justice) Sereno can still file an MR (motion for reconsideration). For the sake of taking out our judiciary from the abyss they plunged themselves in, against all odds, she must fight,” Akbayan Representative Tom S. Villarin told reporters in a text message.

In addition, Caloocan City 2nd District Rep. Edgar R. Erice said SC justices who voted in favor of the petition “can now be impeached for culpable violation of the constitution.” The solon maintained removing an impeachable officer through a quo warranto petition is unconstitutional.

Magdalo Rep. Gary C. Alejano echoed this, saying the decision to remove Ms. Sereno is proof the government “blatantly disregards the Constitution.”

“The granting of the quo warranto petition did not only veer away from the long jurisprudence. It destroyed the faith of the people on the Supreme Court and the Constitution,” Mr. Alejano said in a statement. — Charmaine A. Tadalan