The removal of the photo and name of ousted chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno from the official website of the Supreme Court (SC) is being seen by some in the legal circle as a portent of things to come.
“That may well serve as a clear signal to her that the eight justices who voted in favor of the quo warranto case against her are not inclined to change their minds,” a veteran lawyer based in Makati told the Tribune.
“She might as well just decide on a political career since she’s still young and she can still reinvent herself,” said the lawyer.
But the strongest indication that Sereno’s motion for reconsideration on the May 11 SC en banc decision ousting her came from no other than acting Chief Justice Renato Carpio.
“I belong to the minority. I lost but that’s it. I mean, you win, you lose, but we are governed by the rule of the majority,” said Carpio Friday on the occasion of the SC’s celebration of its 117th anniversary.
In his keynote speech, Carpio said, “That’s how democracy works. Whether it’s correct or wrong we just have to accept it because that’s how we can move on.”
The SC en banc is set to vote on Sereno’s MR on June 19, according to SC sources.
Solicitor General Oscar Calida won his case against Sereno that her appointment was invalid from the start because she had failed to meet the requirements of the law on the submission of all government officials of statements of assets, liabilities and net worth.