UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — In what one Philippine senator called a black day for justice, Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has been ousted by her peers.
In an 8-6 vote Friday, May 11, the Supreme Court justices removed the 57-year-old from the post, on the grounds she failed to fully disclose her wealth.
Sereno, a vocal opponent of President Rodrigo Duterte and his war on drugs, was the first female head of the judiciary.
The New York Times reported Senator Risa Hontiveros, a supporter of the ousted Chief Justice, said the Supreme Court had fallen and fallen hard in the eyes of the public.
Sereno became the first Philippine chief justice to be removed by her colleagues.
Meanwhile, Harry Roque, a spokesman for Duterte, said the high court had spoken and the ruling was final.