Makabayan bloc blocks quo warranto case vs Sereno

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The quo warranto case filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno met opposition from various groups Thursday including the Makabayan bloc.

Left-leaning lawmakers trooped to the Supreme Court to file a motion for intervention and an opposition-in-intervention that sought the dismissal of Solicitor General Jose Calida’s quo warranto plea.

According to Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, the filing of the quo warranto case sets a “very dangerous and ruinous precedent that can even be used against any impeachable officer, including other justices of the Supreme Court who go against the wishes of and in the crosshairs of the administration or interest groups.”

The group’s intervention was the second filed during the day seeking to junk Sereno’s removal bid.

The first group was led by activist priest Robert Reyes.

Aside from Zarate, also listed as intervenors are ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio and Francisca Castro, Gabriela Rep. Emerenciana de Jesus and Arlene Brosas, Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao, and Kabataan Party-list Rep. Sarah Jane Elago.

Former Senator Rene Saguisag, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Secretary General Renato Reyes, Jr., Aksyon Demokratiko affiliate Kaye Ann Legaspi, and National Union of People’s Lawyers Secretary General Ephraim Cortez are also named in the list.

Makabayan bloc insisted that impeachment is the only allowable way to remove an impeachable official including the top magistrate.

They added the issue of Sereno’s statements of assets and liabilities “does not affect her qualifications” as chief justice.

“The quo warranto petition intentionally derails the ongoing impeachment process in Congress, and it attempts to wrest the constitutional power away from Congress and the Filipino people,” the group said.