May 28, 2018, 3:51 am
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No impeachment, just quo warranto

THE historic vote last Friday has validated our views that the present political system is working. Democracy is alive. There is an independent judiciary. The branches of government are indeed co-equal and independent of political and external influence. That a magistrate judges on conscience and intellect. The checks and balances within the government’s branches and agencies are active and working independently.

The justices of the Supreme Court forced Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno to step down following accusations, among others, that she had failed to fully disclose her wealth in her SALN--statement of assets, liabilities and networth. The previous Chief Justice of the SC was impeached for the same reason.

Sereno repeatedly accused President Duterte of influencing the SC justices to oust her. Sereno insisted that President Rodrigo Duterte had a hand to oust her from office. “...I am asking. Is that the way it is, President Duterte?­—I should be removed either through quo warranto or impeachment?....If you said that you are in no way involved in my impeachment, please explain why Solicitor General Calida filed this quo warranto petition?”

The Solicitor General filed the quo warranto to invalidate Sereno’s appointment as CJ, citing Sereno’s inability to show evidence that she complied with the law on SALN when they were screening applicants for the SC post in 2012. Even a government school teacher could get fired if she is found not to have filed her SALN. Sereno was a working attorney.

Sereno had been vocal in her disapproval of Duterte’s leadership. In 2016, after Duterte accused some public figures and judges of being involved in the drug trade, Sereno angered the president by instructing judges not to turn themselves in to authorities before being presented with a warrant. She voted against his decision to declare martial law in Marawi, where Islamist militants had taken control of the city. With the annihilation of Marawi despite martial law, the Philippines would today be another Syria with ISIS black flags flying from poles nation-wide.

Serene opposed Presidential decision to allow former dictator Ferdinand Marcos to be buried in the National Heroes’ Cemetery in Manila. Duterte authorized the burial in 2016. [The criteria for the right to be buried at that Cemetery: 1) a soldier; 2) a president. Ferdinand E. Marcos was both.]

President Duterte had, at many occasions, said publicly that he denies any role in the CJ impeachment petition. The President had repeatedly announced that the Solicitor General is mandated to do his own work and investigations without getting help from the President’s office. Sereno committed offenses, and the government lawyers are to be investigated.

Fed up, and tired of defending himself; tired of telling Sereno that those petitions against her are being investigated by the Solicitor General without assistance from the Palace, President Duterte said Sereno had succeeded in making herself the President’s “enemy”. President Duterte: “Ikaw Sereno, sinabi ko na sa iyo, hindi ako nakikialam. [Sereno, I’ve been telling you that I am not involved [with the impeachment filed against you.]] Since you are insisting, count me in. Ako na mismo maglakad, magkalaban sa iyo. Sinabi ko na sa iyo na hindi ako nakikialam. [I myself will work on it; we’ll be enemies.] I have been telling you that I am hands-off your case....I am putting you on notice. I am now your enemy and you have to be out of the Supreme Court. I will see to it then after that I will request the Congress, go into the impeachment right away....I’d like to ask Speaker Alvarez now, kindly fast track the impeachment of Sereno. She is bad for the Philippines.” 

Duterte had on becoming president made a blanket order to all his power brokers to fire all corrupt cheaters and liars. The SC Justices complied. Sereno is where she is now as a consequence. She was not qualified for the job from the start. Poor grades in her psychological tests. Imprudent in spending taxpayers’ money on self-indulgences like expensive hotel accommodations, special plane seats, flamboyant bullet proof car. She was not efficient in overseeing the SC administration which is the reason the SC employees union all wore read to show their displeasure with the CJ. Sereno is where she is now as a consequence of her lack of prudence as CJ.

Duterte rose to power, voted in by an unprecedented majority, on the promise that he would put an end to the drug trade in the Philippines. Drug users and dealers have been eliminating each other to hide their own drug sources. Illegal drug dealers and users know each other, but each would fear that the other may exose them to the police authorities. Hence the need to eliminate each other making up the stats of the number of dead. Shortly after he was elected, the President said that when it comes to drug dealers, his order is “Shoot to kill....If they are obstructing justice, shoot them.” A few belonging to the political opposition go globe trotting destroying the name of the Philippine government. How come the Philippines remains universally respected, despite all the lies that its political opposition--all 8 or so of them Yellows--are propagating abroad? 

The anti-drug war, the pursuit of an independent foreign policy, the pro-poor policies and programs of the Duterte administration among others are reflective of the current government’s advancing the welfare of our industrious countrymen.

FORBES MAGAZINE published whom the magazine considered The Most Powerful Men. Forbes included President Duterte. 

“The leader of the world’s most populated country and second largest economy (GDP), Xi Jinping holds a firm grasp on China’s only political party. In March, China’s parliament amended its constitution, broadening Xi’s power and scrapping term limits,” Forbes said of Xi.

With Xi and Duterte are Putin, US President Donald Trump, 

Pope Francis, United Nations

Secretary-General Antonio Guterrez, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Emmanuel Macron, North Korean President Kim Jong-un, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Toyota Motor CEO Akio Toyoda, Amazon CEO and Founder Jeff Bezos, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger, Google CEP Larry Page, and Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, and Islamic State self-proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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In March, the Philippine House of Representatives voted in favor of Sereno’s impeachment, a drive promoted by a lawyer linked to Duterte, though the president denied any involvement in the impeachment process. 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced a warning for the chief justice of his country’s Supreme Court. “I am putting you on notice that I am now your enemy,” he said.

“I will not hesitate to do what is in the best interest of my country,” he said. “If it calls for your forced removal, I will do it.”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced a warning for the chief justice of his country’s Supreme Court. “I am putting you on notice that I am now your enemy,” he said.

“I will not hesitate to do what is in the best interest of my country,” he said. “If it calls for your forced removal, I will do it.”

And on Friday, the Justices of the Supreme Court forced her out, voting 8 to 6 for her to step down following accusations that she had failed to fully disclose her wealth in her SALN. The previous Chief Justice of the SC was impeached for the same reason.

Maria Lourdes Sereno was the first female chief justice of Philippines’ highest court, and she is an outspoken critic of Duterte’s controversial war on drugs. The Yellows, the opposition say that corruption allegations against her are a pretext for the real reason she was pushed out: Nonsubmission of her SALN; extravagant spending of taxpayers’ money.

Duterte rose to power on the promise that he would put an end to the drug trade in the Philippines, and thousands drug dealers have been killed since he took office 2016 — by police and unidentified gunmen on motorbikes. Drug users and dealers have been eliminating each other for fear that the other may identify them to the police authorities. 

Shortly after he was elected, Duterte said that when it comes to drug dealers, his order is “shoot to kill. If they are obstructing justice, you shoot them,”
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