SC orders Calida to comment on Sereno’s motion

By Rey Panaligan

The Supreme Court (SC) did not resolve yesterday the motion filed by Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno who sought a reversal of the May 11 decision that ousted her as chief justice and head of the judiciary.

Instead, the SC, during its full court session, decided to require Solicitor General Jose C. Calida, whose quo warranto petition against Sereno was granted by the High Court in an 8-6 vote, to file his comment in a non-extendible period of five days from receipt of notice.

The SC resolution states: “In the matter of G.R. No. 237428 (Republic of the Philippines represented by Solicitor General Jose Calida v. Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno), the Court directed the Solicitor General to comment on respondent’s ad cautelam motion for reconsideration within a non-extendible period of five days from notice.”

After receipt of the comment, the SC is set to reschedule its deliberation on the motion. Sources said the deliberation may be set on the third week of this month.