The Supreme Court (SC) en banc has slammed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for questioning the nomination and appointment of Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza to the tribunal.
In a six-page resolution dated January 21, 2015, it junked a motion for reconsideration of the seating of Jardeleza filed by Sereno and the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).
According to a well-placed source from the JBC, Sereno wanted to appeal the SC ruling even without official concurrence from the council.
SC justices who talked with The Manila Times on condition of anonymity said “Sereno has no moral ascendancy” among them.
The 15-man tribunal had pushed for the inclusion of Jardeleza in a shortlist of nominees despite opposition from Sereno.
Sereno blocking the SC bid of Jar-deleza through the “unanimity rule,” the justices said, was an abuse of discretion as JBC chairman.
Such rule, which the Chief Justice can employ as the head of the council, the court said, can be misused and abused over the collective will of the majority.
It then said the JBC should revise and review its internal rules.
Jardeleza had used articles published by The Manila Times as his evidence and annexes against Sereno after it exposed the Chief Justice’s “grand plan” to disqualify him in order to push for her bet—Commission on Audit chief Grace Pulido-Tan.