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SC to rule on Calida petition next month

ACTING Chief Justice Antonio Carpio yesterday said the Supreme Court will rule on the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida challenging the basis of the appointment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as the chief magistrate next month.

“By next month, we should be able to decide on it,” Carpio told reporters when he attended the launching of the Find Justice PH Mobile App that would allow users to find various legal services as well as a list of trial court branches and chapters of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines if they want to seek legal assistance or advice.

Since the SC is on summer session, the whole month of May is usually devoted to decision writing but the High Court has set a special en banc session to decide on the quo warranto petition.

Carpio, however, declined to discuss specifics, saying: “I cannot talk about that.”

Carpio presided over the oral arguments held by the tribunal in Baguio City last month where Sereno and Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro engaged in a heated verbal clash.

De Castro was one of the five magistrates that Sereno earlier asked to inhibit from the case but like Associate Justices Noel Tijam, Lucas Bersamin, Diosdado Peralta and Francis Jardeleza, she declined the request.

After the oral arguments, Carpio directed all parties to submit their respective memoranda on or before April 20, after which the case will then be deemed submitted for resolution.

Lawyer Josa Deinla, one of Sereno’s spokespersons, said they were surprised by the haste with which the petition would be decided on.

“We cannot help but ask, why the rush? The SC is supposed to be on break after its last en banc in Baguio City. They are on recess in May and are supposed to resume session on June,” Deinla said.

Deinla said the SC has not even heard the side of the intervenors in the petition.

“The quo warranto is an important case which if granted will upend our justice system as we know it,” she added.

The SC has yet to act on the motion for intervention filed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and detained Sen. Leila De Lima while it “noted” a similar plea earlier filed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

De Lima and Trillanes yesterday asked the SS to dismiss the quo warranto petition, saying they are concerned about the propriety of some of the magistrates. 

“The animosity between the parties and some members of the Honorable Court became quite apparent. It has become evident that the Honorable Court cannot render a judgment based purely on the merits of the case, given such hostile environment,” they said in their four-page motion.

A similar plea filed by lawmakers belonging to the Makabayan bloc was dismissed by the tribunal but the latter filed a motion seeking a reconsideration of the ruling.

Among the petitioners are ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio and Frances Castro, Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmie De Jesus and Arlene Brosas and Kabataan Party Rep. Sarah Elago.

Also joining the plea are retired Army Col. George Rabusa and Francisco Alcuaz of the Movement Against Tyranny, former Sen. Rene Saguisag, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr., and Ephraim Cortez of the National Union of People’s Lawyer.  
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