SOLICITOR GENERAL JOSE C. CALIDA responds to questions from members of the press and law students in a forum held this afternoon at the City Session Hall.

SolGen Calida asserts the following:

ON THE REMOVAL OF FORMER CJ SERENO:
Quo Warranto was the appropriate means to remove former Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno since it was the contention of the government that her appointment was “void ab initio” or that her appointment into office was void from the very beginning. Hence, impeachment does not apply in her case because it presupposes that Sereno was qualified to be Chief Justice.

ON THE NULLIFICATION OF SENATOR TRILLANES’ AMNESTY:
The amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is also void from the start since he failed to comply with the basic requirements: application for amnesty and admission of guilt. Trillanes was one of the leaders of the July 2003 Oakwood mutinynd the November 2007 Manila Peninsula siege to topple then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Trillanes faces arrest and subject to court martial since charges against him in the attempted coups were dismissed not because he was innocent but due to the intervention in the form of an amnesty that was supposedly void from the start.