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Lagman: SC justices can redeem selves by junking quo warranto case versus Sereno

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Albay first-district Rep. Edcel Lagman said on Saturday that the Supreme Court justices would have the chance to show their fairness and judiciousness by junking the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

“The eventual dismissal by the Supreme Court of the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno would be an opportunity for concerned justices to show that they are fair, judicious and protective of the Constitution,” he said.

This, according to the Magnificent 7 lawmaker, was the “tack” of Associate Justice Marvic Leonen “who singly voted for the outright dismissal of the quo warranto action even as he was prominently involved in compelling Sereno to go on indefinite leave after the ouster plot failed.”

“With the seven justices who spearheaded the ouster move against Sereno desisting from voluntarily inhibiting themselves despite their manifest dislike, if not aggression, against the Chief Justice, then they can prove their impartiality by voting for the dismissal of the quo warranto petition, which in the first place is baseless, offensive to the Constitution and has expired,” Lagman said.

The House justice committee on Thursday found cause to impeach Sereno, but House leaders said they would wait until the high court resolved the quo warranto petition against her before taking it up in plenary.