SC affirms decision allowing Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani

UNTV News   •   August 9, 2017   •   3973


MANILA, Philippines — Voting 10-5, the Supreme Court affirmed its earlier decision which allowed the burial of the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

The court likewise denied the motion of Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman to exhume and remove Marcos remains from the said cemetery.

“The court, voting 10-5, denied the motions for reconsideration filed by the petitioners of the court’s decision dated November 8, 2016. The court’s decision dated November 8, 2016 dismissed the petitions for absence of grave abuse of discretion relating to the challenge to the order to allow the burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Supreme Court Spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te said.

The voting has not changed.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Justice Antonio Carpio and Justices Marvic Leonen, Francis Jardeleza and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa maintained their dissent.

While all of the three appointees of President Rodrigo Duterte voted in favor of Marcos burial.

In November last year, the remains of the former president was transferred to the Libingan after the court dismissed the petitions against Marcos burial.

Petitioners were saddened by the court’s resolution with Cong. Lagman planning to file another motion.

Meanwhile, Malacañang respects the court’s ruling which will finally end the debates on the issue. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

Court employees stage ‘Red Monday’ at SC

Marje Pelayo   •   May 21, 2018


FILE PHOTO: Supreme Court

MANILA, Philippines – Court employees call on the public to respect the decision of the magistrates over the quo warranto plea filed against ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

In a joint statement issued by the Philippine Justices Association (PJA,) Philippine Association of Court Employees, Supreme Court Assembly of Lawyer Employees and the Supreme Court (SC) Employees’ Association, the group insists that is it only the SC who has the sole authority to the interpretation of the Constitution.

“The interpretation and application of the constitution, laws and rules exclusively belong to the Supreme court, not the executive department, not to Congress, not to media, not to the practicing lawyers and law students, not to the clergy and not even to the people,” the statement said signed by Erwin Ocson, President of the Supreme Court Employees Association.

During today’s flag ceremony, most court employees donned red shirts not to protest but to show that they are united and in support of the magistrates who voted to oust Sereno. – UNTV News & Rescue

14 senators sign resolution insisting Congress power to oust Sereno

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2018



FILE PHOTO: A Senate session


PASAY CITY, Philippines – Fourteen senators signed on Thursday, May 17, Resolution Number 783 that urges the Supreme Court (SC) to review its decision on the ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Those who signed the document were Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senate Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, Senators Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan, Leila De Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV.

Some members of the minority bloc also inked the resolution, including Senators Francis Escudero, Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva, Sonny Angara, Grace Poe and Loren Legarda.

Even administration ally Senate President Koko Pimentel also expressed his support for the said resolution.

However, Senator Gringo Honasan expressed opposition to the resolution saying the process of impeachment in Congress is still ongoing, which is why the Senate could not intervene.

“Mahirap iyong sumama ka pa sa ingay dahil hindi pa nga tapos iyong proseso. At bakit natin pagsasabungin ang Senado, ang judiciary at Supreme Court,” Honasan said.

(It’s not proper to join the noise since the process is not yet finished. And why would we let the Senate, the judiciary or the Supreme Court fight?)

Aside from Honasan, other senators who did not sign the resolution include Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto III, Senators Nancy Binay, Panfilo Lacson, Manny Pacquiao, Cynthia Villar, Richard Gordon and Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Meanwhile, Malacañang vowed not to intervene in the Senate’s move to question the SC ruling on Sereno.

“The senators are free to sign such resolution. The resolution, of course, forms part of their inherent legislative powers. But we also note the statement of Senator Ping Lacson that it appears to be premature because no articles of impeachment have been forwarded to the Senate,” said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque.

Since majority of senators supports the resolution, Drilon said Sereno could use the document for her motion for reconsideration appealing the High Tribunal’s decision to oust her. —  Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

Ousted Sereno dares Duterte to resign

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2018

(L-R) Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno; President Rodrigo Duterte


PASIG CITY, Philippines – A fiercer former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno dared President Rodrigo Duterte to resign a day after the Chief Executive said he would quit the presidency if anyone could prove that he had a role behind her ouster.

“Galing sa kaniyang bibig ang pag-amin na siya ang nagpasimula at nagpupursigi sa pagtanggal sa akin. Puwes ginoong pangulo, mag-resign ka na,” Sereno said during her speech in an event organized by “Manlaban sa EJK” and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on Thursday, May 17.

(The admission came from his own mouth that he initiated and pursued my ouster. In that case Mr. President, you better resign.)

She cited Duterte’s marking of himself as her enemy in response to her question on why the solicitor general filed the ouster petition against her. She also criticized the President’s policies and described his alliance with China as worrisome as it implies that it serves as government’s protection to retain Duterte in power.

“Kung gayon naman po ang sinabi ng pangulo na hindi siya matatanggal sa pwesto kasi siniguro ni ginoong  Xi Jin Ping na hindi siya matatanggal pagkat siya ay po-protektahan, sana pala pumunta din ako kay ginoong Xi Jin Ping,” she said.

(If it is as the President said that Mr. Xi Jin Ping assured to protect his presidency, I should’ve gone to Mr. Xi Jin Ping as well.)

She also slammed the President for saying he does not prefer a politician or a woman to become the country’s next chief justice.

“Kailangan niyang i-respeto ang pantay na karapatan, oportunidad at estado sa buhay ng babae at lalaki,” she added.

(He needs to respect the equal rights, opportunities and social status of men and women.)

Sereno also maintained that only the Senate as the impeachment court has the sole power to remove an impeachable officer like her.

Malacañang, meanwhile, refused to comment on Sereno’s remarks saying she has the right to express her opinion as a private individual. — Mai Bermudez |
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