SolGen has 5 days to comment on Sereno's ouster appeal 

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 5) — The Supreme Court (SC) ordered Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday to comment on the appeal filed by Maria Lourdes Sereno against her ouster "within the non-extendable period of five days from notice". 

This, according to SC Spokesperson Theodore Te in a press briefing Tuesday.

Sereno's camp on May 30 filed a 205-page motion for reconsideration, saying the High Court's May 11 ruling should be declared "null and void," as it violated her right to due process as the top judge.

The appeal also reiterated that the six associate justices – Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam, Samuel Martires and Teresita Leonardo-de Castro – should have inhibited themselves from hearing and voting on Sereno's case for being partial.

All six justices voted against Sereno, resulting in a 8-6 vote that unseated her. Their basis was her alleged lack of integrity for failure to file her statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth prior to her appointment as Chief Justice in 2012.

If only two of the justices changed their minds and voted in favor of Sereno's motion for reconsideration, the earlier ruling would be reversed, allowing Sereno to return as chief magistrate.

The Supreme Court's granting of Calida's quo warranto petition against Sereno is highly contested, as senators and many in the legal community maintain that impeachment is the only way to unseat a Chief Justice. An impeachment was underway in Congress, but the SC decision considered it moot.