Supreme Court Chief an Enemy of Duterte

The Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte released a long attacking speech to the Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Duterte clearly stated that she is now considered as his “enemy” and must be kick out from her office.

I am telling you that I never interfered (in the impeachment trial against you). Now, you keep on blabbering. I will punch you. I will help any investigator. I will really punch you. So, I’m putting you on notice that I am now your enemy and you have to be out of the Supreme Court,” said President Duterte.

The Quo Warranto Petition

A quo warranto in the Latin translation for “by what warrant or authority?”. It is the legal action to which resolve a dispute over whether a specific person has the legal right to hold the public office that he or she occupies.

During the celebration of Araw ng Kagitingan (aka Day of Valor/Bataan Day) last April 09, Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno made a speech regarding the filed quo qarranto petition. She stated that the president may be involved in the such occurrences.

Mr. President, if you said that you are in no way involved in this, please explain why Solicitor General (Jose) Calida filed this (quo warranto petition)? Who is reporting to you?” she said.

You cannot deny that there is a hand moving behind these,” she added.

Duterte VS Sereno

In response to this ‘attack’ against the president, Duterte is now ordering his workers to “kindly fast-track” the credibility and trustworthiness during Sereno’s stay in the office.

I already told Chief Justice Sereno, I am not into the habit to go after my enemy. I have no history on that,” Duterte said.

If you (Sereno) are insisting (that I’m behind calls for your impeachment), then count me in. Count me in and I will egg Calida to do his best…I will see to it that after that, then I will request the Congress, go into the impeachment right away, because the two entities can hear it simultaneously. Son of a b****, I said I never interfered,” he added.

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