Quo Warranto petitioner Solicitor General Jose Calida says the Supreme Court’s decision to oust Chief Justice M. Lourdes Sereno is a good move for the country’s integrity and stability.
After the 8-6 voting in a special en banc session, the SC justices declared her appointment as the 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court null and void.
The decision is considered to be “immediately executory” and was penned by Associate Justice Noel Tijam.
In his statement, Calida said “The Supreme Court decision ousting Maria Lourdes Sereno augurs well for the country as it preserves the stability of the judiciary. This decision is the epitome of its exercise of judicial independence”.
He also extended his appreciation to the magistrates of the Supreme Court for successfully holding the primacy of the Constitution. Calida commended the truthfulness and faithfulness of the said magistrates in adhering the law.
Calida also called on Filipinos to “continue the fight against those intending to undermine the stability and integrity not only of the judiciary but also of the government as a whole.”
The tribunal only took two months to check on Calida’s petition which was filed on March 5.
His plea certainly challenges the legality of Sereno’s appointment in the Chief Justice post.
On Friday, May 11, Sereno was confirmed to be ousted on her post via the 8-6 voting of the SC justices. However, Sereno’s camp is still going to appeal to the SC’s ruling.
In a historic ruling, Sereno is the second chief justice who had been removed from the office after Renato Corona was ousted through impeachment in 2012.