UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION | 14 senators sign Senate resolution questioning Sereno ouster

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MAY 17, 2018 – Fourteen senators have signed a resolution today, May 17, calling on the Supreme Court to review the quo warranto decision against former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Senate Resolution 738 was drafted after the Supreme Court favored Solicitor General Jose Calida’s quo warranto petition against Sereno, which invalidated the Chief Magistrate’s appointment as head of the Supreme Court.

The resolution, citing the 1987 Constitution maintains that “members of Supreme Court may be removed from office, on impeachment for, and conviction of culpable violation of the Constitution.”

“The Supreme Court’s decision to grant the quo warranto petition sets a dangerous precedent that transgresses the exclusive powers of the legislative branch to initiate, try and decide all cases of impeachment,” the resolution said.

The senators who signed the petition include Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senator Pangilinan, Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Ralph Recto, Antonio Trillanes, Sonny Angara, Bam Aquino, Grace Poe, Leila de Lima, Sherwin Gatchalian, Risa Hontiveros, and Joel Villanueva.