MANILA (UPDATE)—The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday released a resolution denying with finality former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's plea to reverse the May 11 ruling that granted the Office of the Solicitor General’s (OSG) quo warranto petition.
"Wherefore, the Petition for Quo Warranto is granted. Respondent Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno is found disqualified from and is hereby adjudged guilty of unlawfully holding and exercising the Office of the Chief Justice. Accordingly, Respondent Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno is ousted and excluded therefrom," the Entry of Judgment read.
The Entry of Judgment dated June 19, 2018 puts closure to the quo warranto case and will no longer allow the reopening of the case under the rules. The case is now considered closed and terminated.
The high court has directed the Judicial and Bar Council to open the application and nomination process to prospective Chief Justice candidates.
"The position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is declared vacant and the Judicial and Bar Council is directed to commence the application and nomination process," the court said.
"This Decision is immediately executory without need of further action from the Court."
Sereno was ousted for her failure to fully disclose the required statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth when she applied for the Supreme Court's top post in 2012.
In her motion, Sereno said the ruling should be null and void as the 6 justices who voted for her ouster had lost their impartiality to fairly decide on the case. She also insisted that a chief justice may only be removed through impeachment and that “[t]he JBC never considered the filing per se of SALNs as a measure of an applicant’s integrity.”
- with a report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News