Sereno to appeal Supreme Court ouster ruling by May 30

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 21) — Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is filing an appeal for the Supreme Court to reconsider the decision to unseat her.

Sereno told CNN Philippines' "The Source" on Monday she will file the motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court on or before May 30.

 

The former Chief Justice was ousted on May 11 after the the Supreme Court granted Solicitor General Jose Calida's quo warranto petition against her. This is a legal proceeding where a person's right to hold office is challenged.

The High Court gave her 15 days to appeal the decision.

Her camp earlier expressed their plan to file the appeal, saying the 8-6 vote of the justices gave them hope the motion of reconsideration would prosper.

Her legal counsel, Josa Deinla, said the close vote may mean a positive outcome of their appeal.

"We're outraged by this decision, but this was a very close vote. We can see if the Chief Justice wants to avail of her last recourse, that is by filing a motion for reconsideration, there is hope," she said on May 11.

Justices Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Samuel Martires, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr., and Alexander Gesmundo voted to grant the petition. Sereno sought six of the justices to inhibit but her motion was denied.

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Meanwhile, six justices — Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Mariano Del Castillo, Estela Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa — voted otherwise.

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