CJ Sereno: MIssing SALN or Did Not Submit Them?



  • private-iprivate-i Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Leftists support Sereno, the Hacienda Luisita champion in the SC

    Poster vs Hacienda Luisita by leftists, whose Bayan Muna comrades now support its champion, the Supreme Court Chief Justice on-leave.

  • private-iprivate-i Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Leftists support Sereno, the Hacienda Luisita champion in the SC


    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 few days.

    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.

    The statement was subtitled “Granting the quo warranto petition is illegal.” But other than the lawyers who became senators or representatives, the list conspicuously has no practicing lawyer or legal academic with qualifications to speak on whether something is legal or not.

    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.

    Prescription period
    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 for it.

    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.

  • private-iprivate-i Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Working daw? Botbot! PR PR na lang. Haaay mahilig talaga sa mga ka-dramahan si  Sereno. =)

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    CNN Philippines
    10 hrs ·

    LOOK: 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

  • private-iprivate-i Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Dapat mag artista na lang si CJ. ;)


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  • LasaroLasaro Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Sinibak na ang Punong Mahistradong Sereno sa botong 8-6


    Noel Tijam (nag-akda ng desisyon)
    Teresita Leonardo De Castro
    Diosdado Peralta
    Lucas Bersamin
    Samuel Martires
    Francis Jardeleza
    Andres Reyes Jr.
    Alexander Gesmundo

    Di Pabor:

    Antonio Carpio
    Presbitero Velasco Jr.
    Marvic Leonen
    Estela Perlas-Bernabe
    Mariano Del Castillo
    Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa
  • letran_jletran_j Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Thank you Supreme Court!!!
  • ImpenneteriImpenneteri  PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Quo Warranto might not be ideal way to oust her but IMO it has basis not because of what was described on the petition but due to the fact that they "harassed" Corona out of the office. The CJ post was not hers to begin with. Corona is vindicated somehow, RIP.
  • XanaxXanax Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited May 2018
    ang di pabor ba na si Antonio Carpio ang papalit?
  • ValorianValorian Do no harm PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Xanax said:
    ang di pabor ba na si Antonio Carpio ang papalit?
    parang OIC lang siya hanggang hindi pa nagrerekomenda ang JBC at makapili si Digong


    bakit pala bumalik si Sereno sa opisina kahapon, diba dapat indefinite leave yan
  • LasaroLasaro Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Tatlong puntos ang pinagdesisyunan nila

  • netopiannetopian Member PEx Veteran ⭐⭐

    CJ Sereno ousted! Finally justice  for the late CJ Corona. 👏🙏 

  • extremelyextremely Dakilang Meron PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    "what a great day"....

  • netopiannetopian Member PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Am sure may mga hakbang ang mga dilaw. Ano kaya ang gagawin nila? 🤪
  • EgozumEgozum Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
     WATCH IT LIVE: Supreme Court ousts Chief Justice Sereno


  • netopiannetopian Member PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Egozum said:
     WATCH IT LIVE: Supreme Court ousts Chief Justice Sereno


    Of course it's not over, magpapatalo ba naman ang mga dilawan? 🤪 Let the games begin! 😜
  • elBartoloelBartolo Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Haha. Wala nga silang nagawa sa Marcos Burial, eh mas mainit na issue yun
  • EgozumEgozum Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    netopian said:
    Egozum said:
     WATCH IT LIVE: Supreme Court ousts Chief Justice Sereno


    Of course it's not over, magpapatalo ba naman ang mga dilawan? 🤪 Let the games begin! 😜

    Resign, SC justices who ousted Sereno urged    

    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.

  • EgozumEgozum Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    I wonder...

    Who will be the next public official to be ousted via #quowarranto, now that the #SupremeCourt practically killed the impeachment proceedings?


  • EgozumEgozum Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Firing CJ Sereno for failure to file her SALN gives justice to the lowly government employees fired for the same offense in the past.


  • EgozumEgozum Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    May 10, 1897 pinagkaisahan at pinatay si Andres Bonifacio ng taong gahaman sa kapangyarihan. May 11, 2018 pinagkaisahan at pinatalsik si CJ Sereno bilang pinuno ng kataastaas hukom. Tila may traydor talaga sa lipunan natin

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