Review of SC decision on Sereno pushed

Bandera (Mindanao) - - NEWS -

THIRTEEN or majority of the 24 senators have already signed a resolution, “respectfully” urging the Supreme Court to review its decision that ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan revealed on Wednesday.

Pangilinan said seven senators from the majority bloc signed the resolution entitled “Resolution expressing the sense of the Senate to uphold the Constitution on the matter of removing a Chief Justice from office.”

The seven majority members are Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Senators Grace Poe, Sonny Angara, Sherwin Gatchalian , Francis “Chiz” Escudero, and Joel Villanueva.

All six minority members – Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Pangilinan , Senators Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima – also signed the resolution.

Pangilinan said the resolution would be filed today.

In the draft copy earlier obtained by reporters, the resolution pointed out that the House of Representatives, under the Constitution, should have exclusive power to initiate all impeachment cases while the Senate has the “sole power to try and decide all cases of impeachment.”

“The Supreme Court’s decision to grant the quo warranto petition sets a dangerous precedent that transgresses the exclusive powers of the legislative branch to initiate, try and decide all cases of impeachment,” it said.

Voting 8-6 last Friday, the high tribunal granted the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida against Sereno.

But the draft measure branded the decision an “extra-constitutional means” of removing an SC justice.

“The decision of the Supreme Court to allow an extra-constitutional means to remove a Supreme Court justice blatantly usurps the constitutional power of the Senate to remove an impeachable official from office,” it said

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