Filipino Diplomat on the real Supreme Court's vote: "9 want Sereno out, 3 abstained, and only 2 were for her." - News Galore

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Filipino Diplomat on the real Supreme Court's vote: "9 want Sereno out, 3 abstained, and only 2 were for her."

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Rigoberto Tiglao and former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (CTTO)

Rigoberto Tiglao, a Filipino diplomat and writer, on Monday, May 14, 2018, announced the real Supreme Court's number of votes on the recent ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno via 'Quo Warranto petition'.


In his column on one of the top news media outfits and newspapers in the Philippines, Tiglao pronounced that just two of the 14 justices thought she is innocent and ought to hold her post, meaning only 2 believed and voted for her to stay in the office, while the remaining thinks that she didn’t have the warrant and the authority, to be Chief Justice.


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Former CJ Sereno (CTTO)


According to Tiglao, there are eight (8) justices who concluded both that she neglected to meet the prerequisites to be Chief Justice as she had not filed her statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) for 11 long years and that the Supreme Court has the authority to act on the quo warranto petition.


This real SC decision as per Tiglao is contrary to Sereno's claim that the voting was actually “a victory” for her and asserted that five of the eight members of the court ought not have taken participation in the voting, which would have implied that only three wanted her out of the Court.


Former Chief Justice Sereno greets her supporters minutes after she was ousted at the Supreme Court (CTTO)

Former CJ Sereno (CTTO)

Tiglao additionally pronounced that Antonio Carpio, the most senior member of the Court believes that Sereno should not only be taken out of the SC but even be criminally charged for inability to file her SALNs for years.



Below is Rigoberto Tiglao's full article:


"Real SC vote: 9 want Sereno out, 3 abstained, and only 2 were for her"


"ANOTHER indication that Maria Lourdes Sereno is seriously unhinged is her absurd claim, made right after the Supreme Court announced its majority decision to kick her out of the body, that the voting was actually “a victory” for her. She claimed that five of the eight members of the court should not have participated in the voting, which would have meant that only three wanted her out of the Court.


Read the SC decision, especially the dissenting opinions from those who voted to dismiss the Solicitor General’s petition to declare that Sereno didn’t have the warrant, i.e. the authority, to be Chief Justice. You will conclude that only two of the 14 justices thought her innocent and should retain her post.


Eight justices concluded both that she failed to meet the requirements to be Chief Justice as she had not filed her statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) for 11 years and that the Supreme Court has the authority to act on the quo warranto petition. Significantly, this group included Francis Jardeleza, a former Solicitor General, appointed to the court by President Aquino in 2014. (The others who voted to oust Sereno were Associate Justices Lucas Bersamin, Teresita de Castro, Alexander Gesmundo, Samuel Martires, Diosdado Peralta, Andres Reyes Jr., and Noel Tijam who wrote the 155-paged decision.)


The majority decision even went to the extent of ordering Sereno to “SHOW CAUSE within 10 days from receipt hereof why she should not be sanctioned for violating the Code of Professional Responsibility and the Code of Judicial Conduct for transgressing the sub judice rule and for casting aspersions and ill motives to the members of the Supreme Court.” That puts Sereno in danger of being disbarred, banned from practicing the legal profession.


Antonio Carpio, the most senior member of the Court, voted to dismiss the Solicitor General’s petition to oust Sereno. But read his dissenting opinion, and you can only conclude that Carpio believes that Sereno should not only be taken out of the SC but even be criminally charged for failure to file her SALNs for 11 years.


In fact, Carpio devoted 23 of the 26 pages of his dissenting opinion going through a fine tooth-comb the Solicitor General’s allegations and demolishing each of Sereno’s defenses."



Source: Manila Times

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