Sereno open to running for public office


Posted at Jun 28 2018 09:18 AM

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MANILA - Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said Thursday she is open to the idea of running for public office but she may need more time to weigh her options.

Sereno, who admitted a getting a lot of advice after her removal as chief magistrate, said another option she is considering is joining cause-oriented movements or groups. 

"It's an option I'm considering," Sereno told ANC after she was asked about her plans to run for public office. "My gut tells me I need more time."

Senator Francis Pangilinan, president of the Liberal Party, had said Sereno is welcome to the party if she decides to run in the 2019 midterm polls. Sereno said the party has not approached her yet. 

The ousted chief justice said she will not be retiring following her exit from the Supreme Court. She vowed to be a constant voice that would question the motives behind the proposal to change the charter. 

In its May 11 decision, the Supreme Court granted the Solicitor General's quo warranto petition, nullifying the appointment of Sereno as the country's top judge.

The ouster petition wanted Sereno out because she failed to file all her statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth when she applied for the chief justice position. 

Sereno filed a motion for reconsideration but the high court last June 19 said its earlier decision was final.