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DON’T look now, but supporters of embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno may have found more ammunition against Solicitor General Jose Calida.

This week, a vocal supporter of the Chief Justice filed graft, malversation and misconduct complaints against Calida for failing to divest his majority stake in a security agency that has won government contracts.

A certain Jocelyn Acosta-Nisperos, a retired businesswoman, filed the complaint against Calida on the grounds that the Solicitor General should “be prosecuted for unconstitutionally initiating” the quo warranto petition to oust Sereno as Chief Justice and for showing bias in favor of the family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Nisperos added that Calida also “diverted” P1.8 million in public funds to his alleged 22-year-old mistress, but she did not provide any evidence of the alleged malversation.

The businesswoman added in the complaint that Calida’s wife “confronted him at his office on 23 April 2018” after discovering his alleged “affair and the corruption”, adding that the Solicitor General Calida was “guilty of malversation,” but she did not explain how the alleged mistress received the money from him.

She also admitted that the alleged immoral relationship was the “unverified part” of her complaint that she urged the Ombudsman to investigate.

Although Calida did not comment on the accusations hurled against him, it can be surmised that the cases filed against him are a form of retaliation from the Sereno camp on the filing of the quo warranto case against the chief magistrate.

For one, Nisperos was discovered to be one of the founders of the Silent Majority, which backed the candidacies of Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo in the 2016 polls. The group is critical of the Duterte administration and supports the embattled Chief Justice.

And this is the same person who requested to have a similar quo warranto petition on the same grounds against Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro.

With the Supreme Court granting Calida’s quo warranto case versus Sereno, we can expect more cases to be filed against the Solicitor General, or even against those who are staunch supporters of the government.

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