The administrative matter is an offshoot of Republic of the Philippines v. Sereno, Gr. 237428, or the quo warranto case or court cases towards the respondent Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno.
The issue that arose was no matter if the respondent can be held administratively liable for her activities and public statements as regards the quo warranto cause in opposition t her during pendency. The court found that the respondent was guilty of violating Canon 13, Rule Case 13. 02, and Canon 11 of the Code of Professional Responsibility, Section 3, 7 and 8 of Canon 1, Sections 1 and 2 of Canon 2. Sections 2 and 4 of Canon 3, and Sections 2 and 6 of Canon 4 of the New Code of Judicial Conduct for the Philippine Judiciary; and was meted the penalty of reprimand, in lieu of suspension, with a stern caution that a repeatition of an analogous offense violative of the Lawyers Oath and the Code of Professional Responsibility shall merit the heavier penalty of a fine and/or suspension or disbarment.