Supreme Court: SolGen can also remove Vice Pres., Pres. thru quo warranto

Tijam pointed out that “the language of Section 2, Article XI of the Constitution does not foreclose a quo warranto action against impeachable officers.”

Section 2, Article XI of the Constitution provides: “The President, the Vice-President, the Members of the Supreme Court, the Members of the Constitutional Commissions, and the Ombudsman may be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust.”
“We hold, therefore, that by its tenor, Section 2, Article XI of the Constitution allows the institution of a quo warranto action against an impeachable officer. After all, a quo warranto petition is predicated on grounds distinct from those of impeachment. The former questions the validity of a public officer’s appointment while the latter indicts him for the so-called impeachable offenses without questioning his title to the office he holds,” he indicated.

Under the allegations against Sereno, she failed to file before the JBC in 2012 her SALNs that she was supposed to have filed when she was still a law professor at the University of the Philippines (UP) from 1985 to 2006. (READ MORE ABOUT THIS: SC ponente: Even President, VP can be removed via quo warranto; By Jeffrey Damicog;Published May 12, 2018, 2:45 PM;

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