MANILA - The late former Chief Justice Renato Corona can now "truly rest in peace" after the Supreme Court nullified the appointment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the lawyer behind the impeachment complaint against the country's chief magistrate said Friday.
In a "victory statement," lawyer Larry Gadon said the high court, by granting the quo warranto petition against Sereno, freed the judiciary of "yellow" interest, referring to the color associated with the opposition Liberal Party.
Sereno was appointed to the post by the former ruling party's stalwart, former President Benigno Aquino III.
"Today, we have liberated the judiciary from the vestiges of the yellow cult which for many years have enslaved the people through machinations of deceit, fraud, indoctrination, and brainwashing for the advancement and protection of the yellow interest," said Gadon.
"Sad that the late CJ Corona cannot revel with us on this development. I can only imagine on what could have been if he was present. The late CJ can truly rest in peace. I dedicate this win to the legacy of Chief Justice Renato Corona," he added.
Sereno was appointed Chief Justice after Corona was ousted by the Senate impeachment court in 2012 for his failure to fully disclose his wealth. He died of cardiac arrest in April 2016.
On Friday, the chief magistrate- who was supposed to serve for 18 years until her retirement in 2030- was removed after her colleagues granted a petition voiding her appointment.
She was ousted for her failure to submit the required statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth when she was applying for the Chief Justice position.
Sereno is also facing an impeachment complaint filed by Gadon but the trial is unlikely to push through as the Supreme Court has already nullified her appointment. -- report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News