Sereno: A 'barkada' vote cannot oust me

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) — Embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno slammed her colleagues on Tuesday for acting as a "barkada [clique]" in their move to oust her.

"Ang pagtatanggal ng isang mahistrado sa Korte Suprema ay hindi ayon sa desisyon ng barkadahan [Ousting a Supreme Court magistrate cannot be decided by a clique]," Sereno said in a speech at the "Women on Fire" forum at the Adamson University.

Sereno also warned that this thinking will be put judicial independence to death.

"Hindi pwedeng baliin ang mga sunod-sunod na jurisprudence, constitutional principle para lang tanggalin ang ayaw ng barkada [Jurisprudence and principles cannot be broken to remove someone the clique does not like]," she added.

Sereno has previously requested Associate Justices Samuel Martires, Teresita de Castro, Noel Tijam, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, and Diosdado Peralta to recuse from the quo warranto case for alleged bias.

Despite the pending case against her in the Supreme Court, Sereno hinted she might return to work although she did not give a timeline.

She is on leave to prepare for the impeachment trial at the Senate - the only legal way, she said, that she can be ousted from office.