Catholic Church Members Conduct Vigil to Mourn for CJ Sereno’s Ouster

Church groups members are on the 10-day vigil in front of the SC building along Parde Faura Street in Manila in protest of the Supreme Court en banc’s vote to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

The members of Gomburza a cause-oriented group of priests, nuns, who is headed by the activist “running priest” Fr. Robert Reyes and the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), the social action arm of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), placed a coffin symbolizing the death of democracy at the center of their vigil Friday night, a report made in Super Radyo dzBB

A local news media entity was told that a representative from CBCP-NASSA, Edilberto Guyano told that the vigil will last for 10 days.

Guyano said, “The initial plan is, the vigil for the death of democracy with the unconstitutional ouster of Lourdes Sereno as chief justice, will be done for 10 days.”

“We agreed in a meeting with Fr. Reyes of Gomburza and NASSA, the vigil will end on Pentecost Sunday,” he added.

The daily highlight of the vigil is a Mass, requiem Mass sort, which is to be done every 6 p.m.

As the 1987 Constitution, Gomburza and NASSA believe that Sereno’s ouster through the quo warranto petition was unconstitutional clear that the chief justice and other impeachable officials can only be removed through impeachment.

SC en banc ousted Sereno for granting the quo warranto petition filed against her by Solicitor General Jose Calida, voting 8-6 on Friday.

In a press briefing announcing the high court’s decision on Calida’s petition, Atty. Teodere Te, the SC spokesperson said “This decision is immediately executory.”

Te said Sereno “is found disqualified from and hereby adjudged guilty of unlawfully holding and exercising the office of the chief justice,” after reading from the ruling.