A rally for SC Justice Sereno

President Rodrigo Duterte and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

The chief justice faced the Supreme Court in Baguio City yesterday to answer questions on the quo warranto petition that the government's top lawyer had filed, even as the House was deliberating on the impeachment complaint against Sereno.

"I'm putting you on notice that I'm your enemy and you have to be out of the Supreme Court", he told reporters before heading to an Asian leaders' forum in China.

Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro on Tuesday was the first to interpellate Sereno over her Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net worth (SALNs).

De Castro pressed Sereno, saying: "All we want to know from you is if you complied with the requirement of the law in the SALN submission and if you were truthful to the JBC". "This is a part of due process and equal protection that I am raising now".

The president and Sereno first clashed in 2016 when she criticised his order that judges who he had linked to the drug trade should turn themselves in to police.

Carpio asked Sereno about her more current SALNs but she said she was only asked by the JBC for her 1994-1995 SALNs.

Duterte then urged Alvarez speed up the impeachment proceedings against Sereno.

Sereno, however, insisted that she could not longer find copies of her SALN because of the 10-year retention period. Count me in and I will egg Calida to do his best. She also denied having any grudge against Sereno.

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Sereno pointed out that the fact that her name was included on the JBC's shortlist proves that the SALNs she submitted were acceptable.

Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday lawmakers must "fast-track" the impeachment of the nation's top judge, further stacking the odds against her staying in office.

A member of the multi-sectoral group that held a picket in protest of the quo warranto case against Chief Justice-on-leave Ma.

"I have no reason to consult them", Calida said.

He said some information are now being floated that majority of the SC justices might give due course and remove Sereno via the quo warranto proceeding. "Her appointment is tainted with invalidity because she is ineligible, '" Calida said.

He maintained that Section 2, Article XI, of the Constitution provides that "impeachable officials may be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes or betrayal of public trust".

Aside from the impeachment case, Sereno is also facing a quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General.

Calida said before her appointment as a member of the Court, Sereno was a permanent faculty member of the University of the Philippines College of Law from 1986 until 2006, adding that she deliberately failed to file her SALNs 11 times in her 20 years as a law professor.

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