Group presses for the inhibition of “Biased 5,” readies mass actions
A broad multisectoral alliance under the auspices of the Coalition for Justice (CFJ) will hold mass actions in key points nationwide on Tuesday morning, April 17, with the main rallies to be staged at the Supreme Court compounds in Padre Faura, Manila and Baguio City.
The protests were prompted by the firm refusal of five SC justices to inhibit themselves from the quo warranto proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Dubbed the “Biased 5,” Justices Teresita de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, and Noel Tijam all testified at the House impeachment hearings where they displayed hostile partiality against Sereno.
Sereno filed motions to inhibit against all five, but these were summarily denied. To date, the Justices have given no explanation for their refusal to inhibit.
In a statement, the CFJ said, “The Supreme Court violated CJ Sereno’s right to due process when ít condoned the participation in the recent oral arguments of five patently biased Justices.”
“Should it grant the Quo Warranto petition,” that decision shall be invalid,” the group said in a statement.
The CFJ further said that the quo warranto action itself is “illegal” because constitutionally, “impeachment is the only mode for removing an impeachable officer.”
“If it favors the Solicitor General, its ruling shall not only be illegal and void, it shall also critically jeopardize judicial independence as well as its own institutional integrity,” the group declared.