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OUSTED chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Thursday said it is time for President Duterte to resign.

Speaking at the Quo Vadis, Quo Warranto forum at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in Ortigas, Sereno reminded President Duterte his promise to resign if proven that he had a hand in her ouster.

She said the quo warranto petition which was granted by the Supreme Court was initiated by Solicitor General Jose Calida who is under Duterte.

Sereno added the President himself admitted last month that she is his enemy and that he wanted her out of the Supreme Court.

“Sabi niya ‘pag napatunayan na siya ang may gawa, magreresign siya. Pangulo, mag-resign ka na,” Sereno said.

“Ginulo niyo kami sa Supreme Court,” she added.

On Tuesday, President Duterte denied involvement in the ouster bid of Sereno.

He vowed to resign if anyone could prove that he was behind the removal of the chief magistrate from office.

Malacañang, for its part has refused to comment on the call of ousted chief justice Sereno for the president to step down.

“Well, ako po ay ayaw ko na po magkomento diyan at tingin ko po ang Presidente ayaw na ring magkomento,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview on dzMM radio.

“Hayaan na po natin siya at hayaan na natin siyang manahimik bilang pribadong indibidwal,” Roque added.

Sereno earned the ire of Duterte by speaking up for respect of law and human rights as he led a brutal crackdown on illegal drugs that has left thousands of suspects dead.


INDIGENEOUS peoples show a copy of information on massacre, killing and other human rights violations they submitted to United Nations Special Rapporteur, at Commission Human Rights headquarters in Quezon City.

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