Sereno attended the en banc, but sources said she was asked to step out of the room when the justices started to deliberate on the petition.
In a decision 8-6, the Supreme Court Justices voted in favor of Solicitor General Jose Calida’s quo warranto petition on Friday (May 11), to remove Chief Justice Sereno as the head of the 14-member magistrate. This is a historic move made by the court.
As the first woman to hold the highest post in the judiciary, Sereno’s legal team questioned the validity of a “quo warranto” petition that led to her ouster.
BREAKING: Quo warranto petition vs. CJ Sereno, inaprubahan ng Supreme Court
Posted by PTV on Thursday, May 10, 2018
In a press conference conducted by Atty. Theodore Te, Supreme Court’s spokesperson, said, “the decision is immediately executory without need for further action.” The final version of the decision will be released in the afternoon. Those who voted in favor of the petition are: Justices Teresita J. Leonardo-De Castro, Diosdado M. Peralta, Lucas P. Bersamin, Francis H. Jardeleza, Samel Martires, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes, Jr. and Alexander Gesmundo.
Those who voted against the petition are: Senior Assocuate Justice Antonio T. Carpio, Associate Justices Presbitero J. Velasco, Mariano C. Del Castillo, Marvic Victor F. Leonen, Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Benjamin Caguioa.
Te added that nine of the justices confirmed that Sereno violated requirements regarding her SALN, and the same number of justices said that the quo warranto was the right venue to oust Sereno.