'Blatant double standard': Sereno supporters seek Calida's resignation

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 30 2018 06:10 PM

Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita De Castro appears at the House Justice Committee hearing on the impeachment case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - A multi-sectoral organization has called for the resignation of Solicitor General Jose Calida over his rejection of a request seeking the ouster of Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro on grounds similar to his ouster plea against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Coalition For Justice, which supports Sereno, said Calida's move was a "blatant double standard."

"What we see here at work is a blatant double standard. Operating here is a policy of injustice where friends are protected and foes are persecuted; where lies are spun to defend or attack; where the selective application of law is key. This is all we can expect from this regime. It can produce no better. We will be fools to hope for more," the group said in a statement.

In a letter dated April 23, Calida said the arguments in his quo warranto petition against Sereno do not apply to De Castro.

The letter was in response to a request by a private citizen named Jocelyn Acosta who said De Castro may have committed perjury when she said under oath during a congressional inquiry that she met all the requirements of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) when she applied for the Chief Justice post in 2012 along with Sereno.

Acosta noted that De Castro only submitted 15 out of 39 statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALNs) in her nearly four decades in government. 

Sereno's failure to submit several of her SALNs before the JBC when she applied for the top post in the judiciary is the subject of the ouster plea Calida had filed against her.

Earlier this month, Sereno faced her colleagues during oral arguments on Calida's petition. The court is expected to issue its ruling on the unprecedented case in May.