Sereno: Duterte could have stopped ouster

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 11) -— Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, calmly met with the press hours after the decision that ousted her from the Supreme Court was announced.

The quo warranto petition that sealed her fate was filed by no other than Solicitor General Jose Calida, whose primary duty is to defend the position of the current government. Calida was appointed to his position by President Rodrigo Duterte.

"The primary question [Duterte] has allowed remained unanswered, why is it a Solicitor General filing, a Solicitor General who answers to him," Sereno said during the press conference at Manila Hotel.

"It's time already for people to stop quibbling about many things," Sereno added. "If he did not want it, it could have ended. But it did not end."

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"He has full control actually of many of the decisions in his branch of government," the former Chief Justice said about the President.

She added that she refused any opportunity to approach the President about her case. "Hindi po ako nagkompromiso ng aking independensya ni minsan," Sereno said.

[Translation: I never compromised my independence, not even once.]

While Sereno did not personally call for any rallies or protest as a result of today's Supreme Court decision, it might not be the last time she would voice her dissent towards the President.

"When politicians who have short sights and very personalistic and selfish agendas are the ones dominating our country, then our country is in a very difficult spot," Sereno told the press adding that the people should stop relying on one personality to solve all the nation's ills.

Sereno was "found disqualified from and is hereby adjudged guilty of unlawfully holding and exercising the office of the Chief Justice," according to the Supreme Court in an 8-6 vote.

The Supreme Court said its ruling is "immediately executory," although Sereno has 15 days to appeal the decision.

Sereno's camp plans to file a motion for reconsideration. Josa Deinla, Sereno's legal counsel, said that the close vote of the Supreme court justices gave them hope that their motion would prosper.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines also plans to file a motion for reconsideration.

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