Supreme Court eyes final decision on Sereno ouster this June

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 8) — The final fate of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will be known soon.

"Hopefully this month," Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said at the 117th anniversary celebration of the Supreme Court Friday.

It will decide on Sereno's motion for reconsideration, which states 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.

Carpio voted with five other justices to junk the ouster case against Sereno, but they lost to eight of their colleagues who wanted to unseat her.

"Whether it's correct or wrong we just have to accept it because that's how we can move on," Carpio said.

"You win, you lose but we are governed by the rule of the majority. That's how democracy works," he added.

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.

Carpio said the Supreme Court has been "functioning normally" despite the vacant spot left by Sereno.

The Judicial and Bar Council, the body tasked to screen applicants to the judiciary, held off its search for Sereno's replacement to wait for the Supreme Court's final ruling.

The Supreme Court's granting of Solicitor General Jose 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.

Sereno is the first impeachable official to be ousted through a quo warranto petition, a legal proceeding where an individual's right to hold office is challenged.

CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario and Eimor Santos contributed to this report.