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Di katanggap-tanggap: Church groups hold 10-day vigil to protest Sereno’s ouster

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Church groups have expressed their disappointment over the Supreme Court en banc’s decision to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

To protest the high court’s ruling, a group composed of priests, nuns and brothers started a vigil in front of the SC building along Padre Faura St. in Manila on Saturday.

The vigil which will run for 10 days is led by a group called Gomburza headed by activist priest Fr. Robert Reyes and the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), the social action arm of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

“The initial plan is, the vigil for the death of democracy with the unconstitutional ouster of Lourdes Sereno as chief justice, will be done for 10 days,” said Edilberto Guyano, a representative from CBCP-NASSA.

“We agreed in a meeting with Fr. Reyes of Gomburza and NASSA, the vigil will end on Pentecost Sunday,” he added.

The daily highlight of the vigil is a mass to be done every 6 p.m.

Gomburza and NASSA believe that Sereno’s ouster through the quo warranto petition was unconstitutional insisting that the chief justice and other impeachable officials can only be removed through impeachment as stated under the 1987 Constitution.

Voting 8-6 on Friday, SC en banc ousted Sereno for granting the quo warranto petition filed against her by Solicitor General Jose Calida.

The decision was rendered “immediately executory” as Sereno “is found disqualified from and hereby adjudged guilty of unlawfully holding and exercising the office of the chief justice.”