Here’s what transpired leading to the ouster of Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno:
August 24, 2010 – Maria Lourdes Sereno gets appointed to the Chief Justice post
Sereno at the age of 52 became the first woman to head the judiciary after she was appointed to the post by then-President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Sereno was the second youngest person to hold the Chief Justice position.
August 2, 2017 – VACC files impeachment complaint vs Sereno
The 12-page impeachment complaint of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the Vanguards of the Philippine Constitution Inc. was filed before the Office of House Secretary General Cesar Pareja.
August 30, 2017 – Lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon files complaint vs Sereno
Gadon accused Sereno of culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust, corruption, and other high crimes for her alleged litany of lapses including untruthful declaration of her wealth.
Sept. 13, 2017 – House Committee on Justice starts hearing on impeachment complaints filed vs Sereno
Voting 30-4, the House panel, chaired by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali declared the Gadon complaint sufficient in form and substance. The impeachment complaint filed by VACC founding chairman and president Dante Jimenez and Philippine Constitution Inc. lawyer Eligio Mallari was “dismissed” due to flawed verification.
Read more: House accepts one impeachment complaint vs Sereno sufficient in form and substance
Nov. 16, 2017 – Sereno invited to appear before the Nov. 22 hearing
The House Committee on Justice sent a formal invitation to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to appear on the November 22 hearing on the impeachment complaint against her.
Sereno failed to attend the said hearing.
Read more: Gadon doubts CJ Sereno ‘very busy’ to attend hearing
March 8, 2018 – House votes 38-2 to impeach Sereno
After 15 sessions, the House Justice committee, voting 38-2, found probable cause to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Rep. Reynaldo V. Umali, chairman of the House Justice Committee said that the committee conducted 15 probable cause hearings on Sereno’s impeachment for almost nine months.
Read more: House votes 38-2 to impeach Sereno
April 9, 2018 – President Duterte declares himself an enemy of CJ Sereno during a speech and vows to take necessary steps to oust her
President Duterte vowed to help expedite the removal of Chief Justice-on leave Ma. Lourdes P. A. Sereno from the Supreme Court (SC).
“Now, sige ka diyan, daldal ka nang daldal, upakan kita (Now you keep on yakking, I will now hit back). So I am putting you on notice. I am now your enemy. And you have to be out of the Supreme Court,” Duterte said.
Read more: Duterte: Oust Sereno now
April 10, 2018 – Sereno appears in historic oral argument conducted by the Supreme Court (SC) on the petition to oust her
Sereno appeared personally and answered, under oath, the questions from her colleagues at the Supreme Court during a historic oral argument on the petition to oust her as head of the judiciary.
Feb. 27, 2018 – Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno goes on indefinite leave
The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno confirmed that the Supreme Court (SC) leader has gone on a “wellness leave,” but at the same time stressed that she won’t resign amid the impeachment proceeding against her.
Lawyer Jojo Lacanilao, Sereno spokesperson, said that the particular leave had been scheduled for March, but that the Chief Justice opted to take it early “so she may prepare for the Senate [impeachment trial].”
May 5, 2018 — Sereno files motion for inhibition against four colleagues accused of being biased against quo warranto petition
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno filed a motion for inhibition before the Supreme Court against her four colleagues whom she accused of being biased against her, in connection with the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of Solicitor General (OSG) seeking to nullify her appointment.
Sereno sought the inhibition of Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza and Noel Tijam, who testified in her impeachment case pending before the House of Representatives and actively participated in the so-called “Red Monday” protest in the SC that called for her resignation.
Read more: Sereno asks 4 justices to inhibit themselves from SC hearing
May 9, 2018 – Sereno returns to SC after going on an indefinite leave
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno ended her wellness leave and returned to the Supreme Court to resume duties as head of the 15-member High Court and the whole judiciary
Sereno returned to work two days before the scheduled full court session tomorrow where the SC is expected to deliberate and rule on the quo warranto petition filed by the Solicitor General seeking her disqualification and ouster.
Read more: Sereno ends wellness leave, returns to SC
May 11, 2018 – SC votes to oust Chief Justice Sereno
Voting 8-6, the Supreme Court ruled to disqualify and oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno as head of the judiciary, Friday.
(Prepared by MB Online)