'No more checks and balances': Activists protest Sereno quo warranto case

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 24 2018 12:15 PM

MANILA - Activists marched towards the Supreme Court compound in Baguio City Tuesday to protest the quo warranto petition seeking to nullify the appointment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. 

Members of the Cordillera People’s Alliance and Coalition for Justice join the protest in Baguio ahead of Tuesday's en banc sessions. 

Bayan’s Renato Reyes, Jr. said the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General undermines the checks and balances of the government.

“Duterte [is] out to undermine checks and balance in government by removing CJ (Sereno),” Reyes told ABS-CBN News, adding that the protest, which coincides with "Cordillera Day," is also aimed at blasting government for various human rights issues. 

Around 400 people joined the rally, according to the police who barred them from getting near the Supreme Court main gate and building. 

The group was cordoned off at one end of the road fronting the high court. 

The high court magistrates will dedicate the whole month of May for decision-writing, and will resume their regular sessions in June.

But the high court, well-placed court insiders told ABS-CBN News, is set to rule on the quo warranto case after a special en banc session on May 17.

The Solicitor General wants the high court to nullify Sereno's appointment for her failure to submit all her Statements of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth when she was applying for the position.

Sereno has insisted that she has filed all the SALNs that were in her possession before the Judicial and Bar Council. She believes the moves to oust her are an "attack on judicial independence." 

She has repeatedly said that an impeachable official like her may only be removed from office by the Senate, sitting as an impeachment court.