She was the enemy of Philippine President Duterte and her fellow judges have just released her
Last month, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte issued a warning to the Supreme Court of the Supreme Court of his country. "I'm warning you that I'm your enemy now," he said.
"I will not hesitate to do what is in the best interests of my country," he said. "If it demands your forced deposition, I will do it."
And on Friday, she was forced by the Supreme Court to vote 8-6 because she had accused her of not fully disclosing her assets.
Maria Lourdes Sereno was the first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and she is an outspoken critic of Duterte's controversial drug war. Activists and oppositionists say that accusations of corruption against them are a pretext for the real reason why she was pushed out: she stood up against the president.
Duterte rose on the promise that he would put an end to drug trafficking The Philippines and thousands of people identified as alleged drug traffickers have been killed since taking office in 201
Shortly after his election, Duterte said that when it comes to drug dealers, his "order is to kill you."
"I'm not interested in human rights, you believe me better," he said. Later he also threatened activists who criticized his policy, the same fate.
"If they hinder the judiciary, they will shoot you," he said in 2017.
Sereno disapproved Duterte & # 39; s leadership pretty clearly. In 2016, after Duterte accused some public figures and judges of being involved in drug trafficking, Sereno angered the president by ordering the judges not to contact the authorities before they were issued a warrant
Later, she voted against his decision to declare martial law in the southern part of the country, where militant Islamists took control of the city of Marawi. She also resisted his decision to bury the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the National Heroes Cemetery in Manila. (After his death in Hawaii in 1989, his body was returned to his northern homeland province in 1993 and kept there in a glass coffin until Duterte approved the burial in Manila Cemetery in 2016). Duterte is close to the Marcos family, but the government of The former leader was known for widespread corruption and repression of political opponents, of whom thousands were imprisoned, tortured or killed. Many Filipinos disapproved of Duterte's push to bury Marcos as heroes.
In March, the Philippine House of Representatives voted for Sereno's impeachment, which was pursued by a Duterte-affiliated lawyer, although the president denied any involvement in the impeachment. Sereno went on vacation in March, but she insisted that all the charges against her are wrong.
On Friday, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, an ally of Sereno, said the Supreme Court ruling "a black day for justice and the rule of law."
"The Supreme Court has fallen in the public eye and fallen hard ", she said.
Sereno publicly said after her fall to continue the fight against what she says, a political trick by Duterte
"We can not keep silent because silence is like endorsing the abuse," she said. "We have to be vigilant in this time of darkness."