Sereno to appeal Supreme Court ouster decision

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 11) — Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is considering filing an appeal to overturn the Supreme Court justices' vote to remove her from her post.

Her legal counsel, Josa Deinla, said the 8-6 vote of the Supreme Court justices gives them hope the motion of reconsideration they plan to file will prosper.

"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 told CNN Philippines.

On Friday, Justices De Castro, Peralta, Bersamin, Jardeleza, Martires, Tijam, Reyes, and Gesmundo voted to grant Solicitor General Jose Calida's petition to disqualify Sereno as Chief Justice. Meanwhile six justices — Senior Associate Justice Carpio, Justices Velasco, Del Castillo, Perlas Bernabe, Leonen, and Caguioa voted otherwise.

Deinla said the close vote may mean a positive outcome of their motion for reconsideration.

"She is very likely to file this motion for reconsideration. She is seriously considering this recourse because we know the Supreme Court, has in a number of high-profile political cases, has flip-flopped or changed its mind, its decision," Sereno's camp said.

The Supreme Court gave Sereno 10 days to explain why she should not be sanctioned for her alleged violations.

Sereno, addressing her supporters hours after the unfavorable decision, said her fight has just begun.

"Ang araw na ito ay hindi katapusan, kung hindi simula lamang... Ang araw na ito ang araw ng paglaban," she said.

[Translation: This is just the start, not the end. This is day marks the start of the fight.]

The decision to oust Sereno is immediately executory, which means the post is currently vacant.