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SC orders Sereno to answer SolGen petition vs appointment, junks Lozano plea

MANILA ( 2ND UPDATE) – The Supreme Court has ordered Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to answer the Office of the Solicitor General’s (OSG) petition seeking to void her appointment as it junked another petition that also sought to remove her from office.

Sereno was given 10 days to comment on the OSG’s petition for “quo warranto,” which alleged that she is “unlawfully holding” her post due to her supposed failure to fully disclose her wealth.

“The court, without giving due course to the petition, requires the respondent to submit her comment on the petition for ‘quo warranto’ within a period of 10 days from receipt of notice,” said Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te.

Te added that Associate Justice Marvic Leonen dissented and expressed his opinion that the petition for “quo warranto” against the Chief Justice should be “dismissed outright.”

At the same time, the High Court also junked a petition filed by lawyer Oliver Lozano, which sought to invalidate the chief magistrate’s appointment.



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