vs Hacienda Luisita by leftists, whose Bayan Muna comrades now support
its champion, the Supreme Court Chief Justice on-leave.
THE only thing that could rival the abomination of Ma. Lourdes
Sereno’s clinging to her post as Chief Justice – despite her utter lack
of qualifications, even the legal requirements for it – is the support
for her mainly by the Yellows and the Reds, expressed in a full-page,
two-page-long statement published in several broadsheets over the past
That such ads are expensive, P500,000, bolsters the report I’ve
received that a Spanish-descended tycoon has been funding—spending P50
million so far—the massive PR campaign to keep Sereno at her post.
The signatories practically make up a roster of the people united
solely in their hate for President Duterte, and of the gullible easily
recruited by demagogues to join a cause that they think would give
meaning to their silly, little lives.
It is at least understandable that leading the list are such Yellow
stalwarts and vociferous anti-Duterte personalities as Senators Kiko
Pangilinan, Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes. (Sen. Franklin Drilon,
who I would say is the smartest among the Yellow high priests, didn’t
sign the statement though.) The biggest group among the signatories
expectedly are the clerics, who seem to prefer exciting left-wing
activism to the boring life of Catholic rituals.
No wonder they’re so ignorant about this quo warranto. It has long
been established in Philippine jurisprudence and that of the US (after
which we pattern our legal principles) that in the words of a 1926
Supreme Court decision, cited in many cases and as recently as 2016,
“ordinary statutes of limitation, civil or penal, have no application to
quo warranto proceedings.” The term itself (which means “by what
warrant”) is an ancient one, which suggests its overarching power as it
originally referred to a King’s high prerogative against anyone who
usurps power in his kingdom.
The start of the one-year prescription period in Rule 66, Section 11 of
the 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure refers to when the discovery that an
official is unqualified, dummies, not when he or she assumed the post.
If that isn’t the meaning of that rule, then a government official who
is found after one year and one day in his post, to be a murderer or
just an illegal alien, could continue to hold on to the job.
The most disgusting thing about this statement is that leftists –
actually Communist Party cadres – like Bayan Muna current and former
representatives Carlos Zarate, Neri Colmenares and Teddy Casiño as well
as former high-ranking party official and Duterte’s former social
welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo, are among the signatories.
Don’t they know that Sereno was appointed to the Supreme Court by
former President Benigno Cojuangco Aquino 3rd, first as associate
justice and then chief justice almost entirely in order to defend his
clan’s interests in Hacienda Luisita, a vast sugar plantation the size
of Makati and Pasig combined?
The Cojuangcos fought tooth and nail to exempt the estate from land
reform since 1987, and when they could no longer get away with that, to
get P5 billion in “compensation” from government. Have they forgotten
the that at least 12 of their comrades were brutally killed in the
so-called Hacienda Luisita massacre of 2004, fighting to have the
plantation placed under land reform?
Aquino appointed Sereno as Supreme Court associate justice in August
2010 barely weeks after he assumed office. Nobody but nobody expected
that the mediocre legal academic, who had never even seen the inside of a
courtroom and never had a client, would be appointed to the highest
court of the land.
Method to madness
There was method though to Aquino’s madness in appointing a grossly
unqualified lawyer to the high court. Sereno was so unqualified for the
post that Aquino and his clan could rely on her loyalty, to fight for
Hacienda Luisita’s exemption from the agrarian reform law, and when that
became untenable, to get the court to order a P5 billion compensation
The court issued in November 2011 its decision ordering Hacienda
Luisita to surrender the estate to its farmers. It ordered the agrarian
reform department to pay the Cojuangcos just P200 million. Sereno’s
dissenting opinion, which was longer than the court’s decision, argued
for a P5 billion compensation that in all probability may have been
drafted by the Cojuangcos’ lawyers.
Right after that decision, Aquino and his clan launched a last-ditch
plan to extract billions from government as payment for Hacienda
Luisita: Remove Chief Justice Renato Corona, who led the court in
resisting the intense pressure to sustain the Cojuangcos in the case.
That Aquino wanted Corona taken down because he was a midnight
appointee of President Gloria Arroyo was just a smokescreen for his real
aim. This was to browbeat the court into modifying its decision on the
Hacienda Luisita case and pay the clan P5 billion in compensation,
instead of the “measly” P200 million.
Aquino’s unspoken threat to the court was that if he could remove its
head, he could also make life very difficult for the other members if
they didn’t cooperate. Indeed, another Supreme Court justice at that
time was also threatened with impeachment.
The impeachment trial to remove Corona dragged on as the charges
against him were disproven one by one. In the meantime, the majority of
the justices stood their ground, affirming the November 2011 decision on
Hacienda Luisita with finality in April 2012.
Corona, however, was taken out in May 2012, on the flimsy and
non-impeachable charge of filing SALNs that didn’t include his dollar
accounts (which by law are secret). Two months later, it was revealed
that most of the 20 senators who voted against Corona had each been
allocated P100 million worth of projects to be used under their
direction, in a scheme called the Disbursement Acceleration Program,
invented by Aquino’s budget secretary, Florencio Abad.
Aquino appointed Sereno as Chief Justice in August 2012 to spite the court that refused to bend to his wishes.
Why would the leftists, or even the clerics supposedly devoted to the
poor’s welfare, now support Sereno who was an oligarchic clan’s
champion in the court? Because they really have lost all the noble
principles they claim to be fighting for, and will join any cabal that
intends to remove Duterte, or for that matter, any other democratically
elected President. I wouldn’t discount the possibility though that they
have long been placed in the payroll of the Spanish mestizo billionaire.
Working daw? Botbot! PR PR na lang. Haaay mahilig talaga sa mga ka-dramahan si Sereno.
On the eve of the voting on her quo warranto case, Chief Justice Maria
Lourdes Sereno is working inside her office at the Supreme Court. www.cnn.ph
ang di pabor ba na si Antonio Carpio ang papalit?
CJ Sereno ousted! Finally justice for the late CJ Corona. 👏🙏
WATCH IT LIVE: Supreme Court ousts Chief Justice SerenoSERENO Fight is FAR FROM OVER
WATCH IT LIVE: Supreme Court ousts Chief Justice SerenoSERENO Fight is FAR FROM OVER
Of course it's not over, magpapatalo ba naman ang mga dilawan? 🤪 Let the games begin! 😜
MANILA - Protesters booed loudly after the Supreme Court ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, as they called for the resignation of justices who voted for her removal.
Wearing white shirts and with their fists in the air, close to 2,000 protesters refused to leave the vicinity of the high court, even after the decision on the quo warranto petition was announced.
The Supreme Court voted 8-6 in favor of the petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida, who argued that Sereno's appointment was invalid because she failed to fully disclose her wealth when she applied for the post in 2012.
"Ang mga justice ay hindi deserving sa kanilang position kaya magsisimula tayo ng resign movement," said anti-crime advocate Teresita Ang See. "Tayo ang manguna ngayon dahil wala tayong aasahan sa ating Korte Suprema
(These justices are undeserving of their positions, that's why we are starting a resign movement. We are spearheading this because we can't expect anything from the Supreme Court.)
The decision "destroyed" the Supreme Court, said activist priest Robert Reyes.
"Saan pa tayo pupunta kung tayo ay may problema na hindi malulutas ng Malacañang at ng Kongreso?" activist priest Fr. Robert Reyes asked the 1,800 strong who attended the rally.
(Where will we go if we have problems that can't be solved by Malacañang or by Congress?)
Other former government officials who were at the protest were former education secretary Armin Luistro, former Presidential Peace Process Adviser Ging Deles, former Commission on Human Rights chief Loretta Rosales, former Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, and former Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teddy Casiño.
Who will be the next public official to be ousted via #quowarranto, now that the #SupremeCourt practically killed the impeachment proceedings?
Firing CJ Sereno for failure to file her SALN gives justice to the lowly government employees fired for the same offense in the past.
LONG LIVE DEMOCRACY