MANILA - Supporters of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno staged a picket in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday to protest her removal from office.
Led by the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL), lawyers and law students expressed their opposition to the Supreme Court's ruling to remove the country's first female top magistrate.
Among personalities who joined the protest were De La Salle University Law Dean and Free Legal Assistance Group chair Jose Manuel Diokno, former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, and NUPL president Edre Olalia.
The group warned against the “evident and brazen pattern of an impending authoritarianism" in the country.
Voting 8-6, the Supreme Court on Friday granted Solicitor General Jose Calida's quo warranto petition against Sereno, invalidating her 2012 appointment as chief justice.
The first woman to hold the top post in the judiciary, Sereno was supposed to remain chief magistrate until her retirement at age 70 in 2030.
Her removal from office marks the first time in Philippine history that a chief justice was ousted through a quo warranto plea.
-- with a report from Ina Reformina and Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News