>> The Philippine Supreme Court removed a judge that President Rodrigo Duterte has called an enemy on Friday. Maria Lourdes Sereno has voted against several of Duterte's proposals. Those include extending martial law in the South, where Islamic State militants seized the city of Marawi last year. And allowing late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos to be buried in a cemetery for national heroes.
With a vote of eight to six, the country's first woman Chief Justice became the first to be removed by her peers, on the grounds she concealed her wealth. One opposition party said, her removal took away a shield against abusive power in the Philippines. An hour after the decision, Sereno stepped outside her office to encourage her supporters.
>> Let us set aside our differences, because there is a bigger and more powerful enemy that we must all face. We must be more vigilant during this time of darkness.>> The court also gave Sereno a deadline of ten days to explain why she should not be sanctioned for a number of alleged violations.
Those include charges like casting aspersions and ill motives to the members of the Supreme Court. Duterte has made no secret of how much he dislikes Sereno for voicing her worries about human rights and the rule of law under the president. Last year in October, he dared her to open her bank account to public scrutiny and accused her of corruption.
And last month, he pushed lawmakers to fast track her removal. Warning that otherwise, quote, I'll do it for you.