By Xave Gregorio
Vice presidential race loser and former Senator Bongbong Marcos is expected to benefit from the Supreme Court’s (SC) ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, his sister, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos said.
“Ngayon na medyo na-settle na itong problema ng Chief Justice, sana tuloy-tuloy na ang usad ng trabaho ng [SC]. Umaasa kami na talagang bibilis kahit papaano,” Imee told reporters in Las Piñas.
She was referring to her brother’s poll protest lodged with the SC sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, which has been ongoing for almost two years.
“Mukhang ‘yung [SC] nahirapan rin [talaga.] Maraming kasong naalintala at nabulilyaso. Medyo natagalan dahil nga abalang-abala ang [SC] sa sarili nila,” Imee said.
The SC, in a controversial 8-6 vote, granted last week Solicitor General Jose Calida’s petition to void Sereno’s appointment for lacking the integrity required of the top magistrate.
Calida is a known Marcos supporter, having campaigned for Bongbong in the 2016 polls and defending the government’s decision to bury deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
At the same time, Sereno also faced an impeachment complaint at the House of Representatives filed by self-confessed Marcos loyalist Lorenzo Gadon.
Gadon also ran in 2016 for a Senate seat under Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, a party affiliated with the late dictator Marcos, but lost having gained only around 1.9 million votes.