[Statement] on the decision granting the Quo Warranto petition, May 11, 2018 -CFJ

CFJ statement on the decision granting the Quo Warranto petition, May 11, 2018

Today, in a despicable violation of law and fair play, the Supreme Court ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

The majority’s duplicitous conduct has made them traitors to justice. They have rendered an illegal verdict. They have culpably violated the Constitution. They have displayed themselves as unworthy of the robe and the mantle with which they have been invested – symbols of dignity and authority which they have sullied with their rank partiality and disdain for the law.

For these reasons, we reject them outright and declare invalid the institution which they comprise. They have nullified the Supreme Court’s reason for being; there is nothing to be hoped for from the “court of last resort.”

The majority’s promise of a fair shake for every Filipino litigant is bogus. If it denied its own Chief the due process she deserved; if it entertained such a twisted reading of the law to admit a quo warranto petition so bereft of substance; if it conspired to ensure that CJ Sereno would not only be removed but erased from the annals of the Supreme Court, then what can the ordinary Filipino expect? Nothing.

The majority has handed the Executive a weapon with which to hamstring all dissenters. They have sounded the death knell for democracy.

Thus, the Coalition for Justice no longer recognizes the Supreme Court’s legitimacy. The Biased Majority have betrayed the Filipino people. They must be disrobed.

We are calling for the immediate resignation of the Justices behind this illicit decision. You have been called “Your Honors,” but you have forfeited that title by your deeds. There is one way to redeem it: resign. There will be time enough then for you all to make your amends to the Filipino people.

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