The president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines stands firm that the Supreme Court en banc has no jurisdiction over the integrity issue of a chief justice.
Atty. Abdiel Dan Fajardo echoed the assertion of Sereno's camp that the correct way to remove a sitting chief justice is through the process of impeachment.
"It would appear that the Supreme Court has directed the chief justice to file a comment but without giving due cause to the petition," he said.
"The Supreme Court en banc has no jurisdiction over an integrity issue against the chief justice and the correct way of proceeding on this is for the impeachment trial to unfold so that the chief justice would have opportunity to present in public and for the public to benefit her answer and how she would present her evidence," Fajardo added.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to answer the Office of the Solicitor General's (OSG) petition seeking to void her appointment as it junked another petition that also sought to remove her from office.
Sereno was given 10 days to comment on the OSG's petition for "quo warranto," which alleged that she is "unlawfully holding" her post due to her supposed failure to fully disclose her wealth.