The IBP rejected unconstitutional move to oust Chief Justice Sereno

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SHORT circuiting the process just to target Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is “Constitutionally repugnant,” according to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

In an apparent reaction to the reported attempts of seven members of the high tribunal to oust Chief Justice Sereno by demanding her indefinite leave of absence, the IBP, the national organization of lawyers in the country, said last Friday that only a “conviction after an impeachment trial is the only Constitutionally-recognized mode by which to remove a sitting Chief Justice.” (Read More:

Moreover, the lawyers group reminded everyone that “the Constitution reigns supreme over all other rules. Any artifice or device intended to solely target the Chief Justice and short-circuit the process would be repugnant to the Constitution, and must be slain on sight if our democratic processes are to be observed.”

It also stressed that “security of tenure is the bedrock of judicial independence. It is intended to shield judges from the political elements that may have played a role in their appointment to the bench. The Supreme Court itself has repeatedly emphasized our Constitution’s built-in bias towards a fearless and an incorruptible judiciary that is prepared to follow the law and to administer it regardless of consequences.”

“We breathe life into this prized democratic value by according the Chief Justice due process of law in accordance with the rules governing the difficult process of impeachment. This will also afford our people the opportunity to decide for themselves whether the causes against her are contrived or artificial, or are impressed with merit as to necessitate the extreme measure of removal from office,” the IBP said.

At the same time, the IBP welcomes Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio as he assumes the position of Acting Chief Justice following the leave of absence of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

According to the IBP, “Carpio has distinguished himself as a highly capable and fiercely independent jurist…There are no better hands to take the baton of leadership in the meantime that we wait for evidence to be presented or controverted in the impending trial of Chief Justice Sereno.”

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