SERENO | Is she going or staying?

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LADY JUSTICE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno may be out of office by the day's end.

THE Supreme Court (SC) is holding an en banc session in a few hours as of this posting, with the air thick with suspense and anticipation whether or not it will decide on the quo warranto disqualification case filed against its Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Sereno’s supporters held a vigil overnight at the SC on Padre Faura St. in Manila to press for the dismissal of the petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General against Sereno over the alleged non-filing or incomplete filing of her statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs).

The OSG has contended that Sereno’s appointment to the SC was void from the very beginning because of her failure to follow the requirements of the SALN law.

Court sources had come out a few days back to say that the SC associate justices are inclined to dismiss Sereno, in which case any impeachment complaint against her by the House of Representatives will be rendered moot and academic.

Sereno has said she is willing to face a full blown impeachment trial with senators acting as judges just like the senators who found then CJ Renato Corona guilty in 2012 over alleged undeclared assets in his own SALNs.

“It seems only a miracle of biblical proportions could prevent this historic event. I don’t know how Sereno could still dodge this,” the court source had said.

Among the issues raised against her by the SC justices who testified before the House panel, during its determination of probable cause against Sereno, was her alleged changing of the spirit and wording of SC decisions.

She was also blamed by Court Administrator Midas Marquez for the delay in the release of the benefits of retired court judges and justices.

This week, Sereno ended her leave but said she is not participating in today’s en banc session.

 

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