Legal experts believe that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno can only be removed via impeachment, but they all submit that the Supreme Court (SC) will have the last say.
The High Court can either let the impeachment proceedings in Congress take their course or set a precedent for a quo warranto removal.
“Ultimately, it is the SC that will say what the law is and what rules will apply. Only the current composition can decide whether the Court is going to be passive and exercise judicial restraint, or whether it is going to be an activist court that will set precedent and create another avenue for the removal of a sitting Chief Justice,” said Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) national president Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo.
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