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Alejano to Duterte after Sereno ouster vote: ‘People will fight back when pushed to the wall’

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Magdalo partylist Rep. Gary Alejano on Friday said the Supreme Court’s 8-6 decision to grant the quo warranto case to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was a sign of the institution crumbling.

“The granting of the quo warranto petition did not only veer away from the long jurisprudence. It destroyed the faith of the people on the Supreme Court and the Constitution,” the Magnificent 7 lawmaker said.

The Supreme Court on Friday voted 8-6 to oust Sereno by granting the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida, who questioned her qualifications for the post and argued that she did not meet the requirements when she was appointed to the post in 2012.

“Today is yet another proof of a government which blatantly disregards the Constitution,” Alejano said.

“respect judicial independence. This is why when we see justices, who supposedly swore to serve justice and defend the independence of the judiciary, become instruments for political maneuverings, we cannot sit idly. It is bad enough that there are adversaries outside the judiciary trying to ruin the institution, but it is worse that there are destroyers within the Supreme Court itself,” he added.

“Surely, there are evil minds, including the President and his cohorts, delighted as we see our institutions crumble. If today is any indication, we are indeed on our way to a regime void of respect for the Constitution and rule of law. But this does not end here,” he warned.

Alejano said the administration should take care not to push the people too far.

“The fight is beyond the Chief Justice. This is a fight for democracy, and all of us have the responsibility to respond to the call. The Duterte administration should be reminded that when you push the people to the wall, they will fight back,” he said.

“This is etched in history, and as they say, history repeats itself,” he added.