Silent Majority asks senators to proceed with impeachment trial of Sereno
Some 20 members of the group called “The Silent Majority” protested outside the Senate on Tuesday, calling on lawmakers to defend the Constitution by proceeding with the impeachment trial of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
The House of Representatives’ committee on justice has already approved the articles of impeachment against Sereno but these have yet to be adopted in the plenary before being transmitted to the Senate for trial.
“Defend, defend democracy! Quo Warranto, panloloko!” the protesters chanted.
Sereno was ousted last Friday when the Supreme Court, voting 8-6 granted the quo warranto petition against her.
Tess Bonganay, member of the Silent Majority, labeled the tribunal’s decision as “unconstitutional” and “illegal.”
Many senators, she said, also did not agree with the SC’s ruling.
“Kailangan po nating bigyan ng araw si Chief Justice Sereno sa Senado na kagaya na nangyari kay Corona,” Bonganay said, referring to the late Chief Justice Renato Corona, who was ousted by the Senate impeachment court for his failure to fully disclose his wealth.
Bonganay lamented that Corona was given five months to defend himself in the impeachment proceedings of Congress while Sereno was being ousted through the quo warranto petition.
Sereno has yet to appeal the SC’s decision. /vvp
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