Roque disagrees with SC but he's wrong; Quo warranto can unseat Pres., VP due to equal protection clause

Roque: Quo warranto cannot be used to unseat President, VP Published May 15, 2018 2:41pm By VIRGIL LOPEZ, GMA News;

Malacañang does not agree with a part of the Supreme Court's ruling ousting Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, which says the presidence and vice president can be removed through a quo warranto action. The SC, in its 8-6 decision ousting Sereno, said a quo warranto petition may be filed by any registered voter against the president and the vice president on the grounds of ineligibility or disloyalty to the country within 10 days after the proclamation of the winners of these posts.
No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. (Article III, Section 1)

"The Fourteenth Amendment in declaring that no State "shall deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws," undoubtedly intended, not only that there should be no arbitrary deprivation of life or liberty or arbitrary spoliation of property but that equal protection and security should be given to all under like circumstances in the enjoyment of their personal and civil rights; that all persons should be equally entitled to pursue their happiness and acquire and enjoy property; that they should have like access to the courts of the country for the protection of their persons and property, the prevention and redress of wrongs, and the enforcement of contracts; that no impediment should be interposed to the pursuits by anyone except as applied to the same pursuits by others under like circumstances; that no greater burdens should be laid upon one than are laid upon others in the same calling and condition, and that in the administration of criminal justice no different or higher punishment should be imposed upon one that such as is prescribed to all for like offenses." (3 Willoughby 2d ed., pp. 1928, 1930.)


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