MANILA - Protesters booed loudly after the Supreme Court ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, as they called for the resignation of justices who voted for her removal.
Wearing white shirts and with their fists in the air, close to 2,000 protesters refused to leave the vicinity of the high court, even after the decision on the quo warranto petition was announced.
The Supreme Court voted 8-6 in favor of the petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida, who argued that Sereno's appointment was invalid because she failed to fully disclose her wealth when she applied for the post in 2012.
"Ang mga justice ay hindi deserving sa kanilang position kaya magsisimula tayo ng resign movement," said anti-crime advocate Teresita Ang See. "Tayo ang manguna ngayon dahil wala tayong aasahan sa ating Korte Suprema
(These justices are undeserving of their positions, that's why we are starting a resign movement. We are spearheading this because we can't expect anything from the Supreme Court.)
The decision "destroyed" the Supreme Court, said activist priest Robert Reyes.
"Saan pa tayo pupunta kung tayo ay may problema na hindi malulutas ng Malacañang at ng Kongreso?" activist priest Fr. Robert Reyes asked the 1,800 strong who attended the rally.
(Where will we go if we have problems that can't be solved by Malacañang or by Congress?)
Other former government officials who were at the protest were former education secretary Armin Luistro, former Presidential Peace Process Adviser Ging Deles, former Commission on Human Rights chief Loretta Rosales, former Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, and former Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teddy Casiño.