Palace tells Sereno to blame self for her ouster

Supreme Court of the Philippines

Supreme Court of the Philippines

Malacañang advised former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to reflect instead of grandstanding after the former lady magistrate's call for President Duterte to resign following her ouster.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Sereno has no one but herself to blame for her removal as chief justice.

On Friday, Roque said Malacañang chose to address the matter as Sereno "has been engaged in grandstanding and seeking media coverage, pointing an accusing finger at President Duterte for the result of the quo warranto petition filed against her".

According to sources from the JBC, which screens appointments to the judiciary, the council members reached a consensus during their meeting on Friday to act on the Supreme Court's directive for them to to open the nomination and application for Chief Justice.

"We consider this unfortunate for the truth is, four other fingers point to her. Ex-CJ Sereno should closely look at the mirror to see who is behind the Supreme Court ruling".

Sereno was removed on May 11 after the High Court invalidated her appointment after failing to meet the requirement of submitting her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth from 2002 to 2006.

Sereno's call was made a day after the President promised to resign, if someone could prove that he was behind Sereno's ouster.

Roque had earlier declined to comment on Sereno's resignation call on Duterte, saying on Thursday, "Hayaan na po natin siya at hayaan na natin siyang manahimik bilang pribadong indibidwal (Let us leave her alone, and let us leave her in peace as a private individual)".

Roque said that unlike Sereno, Duterte has not violated the Constitution and continues to enjoy high satisfaction, approval, performance, and trust ratings.

"At tanungin niyo maski sino (Ask anybody). Kaya ngayon (So now) I challenge everybody and anybody", he added.

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