“Ikaw, [Chief Justice Maria Lourdes] Sereno. Sinabi ko na sa iyo, hindi ako nakialam. If you are insisting, then count me in. Count me in. And I will egg Calida to do his best. Ako na mismo maglakad rin kalaban sa iyo. Sinasabi ko na sa iyo na hindi ako nakikialam,” President Rodrigo Duterte said during a press interview before leaving for China Monday, April 9.
The statement was made in reaction to Sereno’s earlier statement asking Duterte to explain to the public why Solicitor General Jose Calida was the one who filed the quo warranto petition against her.
“Now sige ka diyan daldal nang daldal. O sige, upakan kita. I will help any investigator. Talagang uupakan kita,” Duterte said.
“So I’m putting you on notice that I am now your enemy. And you have to be out of the Supreme Court. I will see to it that after that then I’ll request the Congress, go into the impeachment right away,” he added.
“Because the two entities can hear it simultaneously. They can proceed with the quo warranto. Ang quo warranto is Supreme Court eh, impeachment is Congress,” he added. “So that I’d like to ask Speaker Alvarez now, kindly fast-track the impeachment of… She is bad for the Philippines.”
“Biro mo ha ‘yung maestra na hindi naka-file ng Statement of Assets and Liabilities, maestrang maestra na mahirap lang, t**** i**, pinaalis ninyo,” he explained. “Now itong babae na ito, she earned money, attorney’s fees collected from the government, ni singko centavos hindi nag… Why is the special treatment?”
“I am asking Congress: What’s taking you too long? Do not create any crisis in this country. I will not hesitate to do what is to the best interest of my country,” the President said. “If it calls for your forced removal, I will do it.”