The possibility to be the next target for ouster is not strange for Vice President Leni Robredo. Such scenario is always possible, according to her. However, she should know that it does not serve the purpose of his rival, Bongbong Marcos. The President wants Marcos to be next in line to the presidency. Removing her as such won’t install the latter to the post. He must win the election protest to be legible as Vice President as per the constitution.
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[VIDEO]: VP Robredo’s fear that she will be next to be removed from office is real. However, it is not through Quo Warranto since the election protest of Bongbong Marcos is ongoing.
Election Protest is More Likely
Professor Ranjit Rye explains during an interview at Tutok Tulfo why the quo warranto must not be applied to Vice President Leni Robredo’s case. He said that since Bongbong Marcos’ protest is already ongoing, the said remedy is not anymore necessary. The series of anomalies found during the recount may not automatically make Bongbong Marcos Vice President. The Supreme Court has to make the declaration on the real winner.
Supreme Court CJ Sereno’s Ouster is Favorable to Marcos
The Supreme Court ousts Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno over her failure to meet the “integrity test” of her position despite earlier warnings. Voting 8-6 in a special en banc session declares void Sereno’s appointment as chief justice. Those who are in favor of the ouster are Associate Justices Noel Tijam, Teresita De Castro, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Samuel Martires, Andres Reyes Jr. and Alexander Gesmundo. They also made the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes’ Cemetery. Needless to say, they are pro-Marcos. Therefore, Bongbong Marcos can be VP if the trend continues.
Conflict in the Senate
Senator Risa Hontiveros urges her colleagues to “cross party lines and unite to defend the integrity of the Senate. This is after the removal of Sereno.” Hontiveros said that the following senators give their support to the anti-quo warranto resolution: Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan, Antonio Trillanes IV, Leila de Lima, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Francis Escudero, Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva, Grace Poe, and Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara.
Balancing Act in the Supreme Court
Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is the acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Marcos criticizes most of his resolutions that delay his election protest against Robredo. However, the President is yet to appoint Sereno’s replacement. The Filipino leader is strategic enough not to appoint a CJ who is against his plans.