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Supreme Court orders Sereno to attend oral arguments on quo warranto petition

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Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno speaks during an interview with BusinessWorld in this photo taken on February 16, 2018.

The Supreme Court (SC), sitting en banc, on Tuesday directed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno to attend the oral arguments for the quo warranto petition against her on Tuesday, April 10, at the court’s Session Hall in Baguio City, according to a press statement.

The petition, submitted by Solicitor General Jose C. Calida, seeks to void Ms. Sereno’s appointment for being unable to submit her complete Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) as a requirement for the post.

Aside from this, Ms. Sereno is also facing impeachment for allegedly not disclosing her complete wealth.

Several groups including the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and party-list coalition Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan) have publicly called for the dismissal of the petition by submitting their own interventions, but they have all been denied except for the IBP’s which was noted by the court. — Dane Angelo M. Enerio

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