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House opposition threatens 8 SC justices with ouster

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
  • Published in Top Stories
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REVERSE your ruling or face impeachment.

This was the warning of House Minority Magnificent 7 bloc to the eight Supreme Court Associate Justices who voted in favor of the quo warranto petition filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

In a press conference, the group led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said that the “only viable remedy and constitutional mode of holding justices accountable for their blunder is to remove them from office by impeachment.”

The eight SC justices are Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Samuel Martires, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr. and Alexander Gesmundo.

The authentic opposition lawmakers chided these justices for arrogating to themselves the constitutional authority of Congress to impeach the Chief Magistrate.

Because of the votes of these justices Sereno was removed as Chief Justice. While the ruling is not yet final it is already executory. The SC en banc gave Sereno time to file her motion for reconsideration.

“Justices of the Supreme Court cannot be allowed to be supreme even in their arbitrariness and malevolence,” Lagman said.

The opposition solons are filing impeachment cases against these justices because they believe “to let them escape scot-free is to condone injustice and oppression.”

“The supreme people must have a way of penalizing errant Justices to ensure that justice prevails and the integrity of the Supreme Court and the independence of the Judiciary are restored,” the group added.

They stressed that the power grab was pursued and consummated by the eight Justices even as the House of Representatives was on the verge of deliberating and voting on the Articles of Impeachment submitted by the House Committee on Justice to the Committee on Rules.

Citing Section 2,3(1) and 3(6) of Article XI, Lagman added the Constitution unequivocally mandates that it is only by impeachment instituted by the House of Representatives and conviction by the Senate can an impeachable official be removed from office.