PH lawyers ask United Nations to probe Duterte threat vs Sereno

Elias Hubbard
April 19, 2018

Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima seek the dismissal of the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

The high court held oral arguments on the quo warranto petition seeking Sereno's ouster last April 10.

"The Chief Justice is optimistic that if she will be given her day in court-the Senate impeachment tribunal-she can defend herself and prove that all the allegations against her are baseless and wrong".

"If there is a threat to the independence of the court, the integrity of the court, it is the Chief Justice herself".

Duterte urged the House of Representatives to fast-track the impeachment of Maria Lourdes Sereno, lawyers' groups led by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines said in a report submitted to Diego Garcia Sayan, UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers.

"Movant-intervenors most respectfully manifest and reiterate before this Honorable Court its prayer that the present Petition for Quo Warranto dated 2 March 2018 be dismissed for Lack of Jurisdiction", the manifestation's prayer said.

"This is contrary to the standing practice of the Supreme Court in cases involving in matters of public interest na very liberal ang policy", former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, one of the senators' lawyers said in a media briefing Thursday (April 19). "And again, where is the attack on the judiciary there?" he said.

He wanted the Supreme Court to unseat Sereno over her alleged failure to file Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) for ten years, before she applied for the Chief Justice post in 2012.

Roque said he will write to the United Nations rapporteur about the pronouncement of Sereno's colleagues against her and the impeachment findings of House justice committee.

The country's first female chief justice was expected to stay in her post until reaching the mandatory retirement age in 2030.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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