Monday , June 25, 2018

Sereno camp dismisses quit calls

THE camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has shrugged off the call of Malacañang for her to resign as she faces an impeachment complaint before the House of Representatives.

Lawyer Josa Deinla, one of Sereno's spokespersons, said Tuesday the call of Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque was a "strong indication" that the impeachment case against the chief justice was flawed and weak.

"Ang tingin po namin sa mga panawagan ng pagbibitiw sa halip na hayaan ang proseso na gumulong sa Kongreso — o kung aabot pa ito ng Senado — ay indikasyon na mahina ang mga ebidensya na inihain sa impeachment complaint," Deinla said.

[We think the calls to resign instead of allowing the process to roll in the House of Representatives – or if reaches the Senate – is an indication that the evidence in the impeachment complaint is weak]

Deinla added the public knew that the allegations in the impeachment complaint had no basis.

She also took exception to Roque's statement that Sereno's resignation would spare the Supreme Court "from any further damage."

"At any rate, Atty. Roque's statements are premature and misdirected as it is the Chief Justice's accusers who are inflicting damage to the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice remains unfazed by the false accusations against her and is as resolved as ever to keep serving the people at the helm of the Judiciary," Deinla said.

"Hindi po si CJ Sereno ang sumisira ng institusyon; siya po ang nangunguna sa reporma at pagsasaayos ng sistema sa hudikatura upang maramdaman ng publiko ang pag-usad ng hustisya. Malinaw na may mga pwersa na gustong wasakin ang buong Supreme Court, at hindi lang ang Punong Mahistrado," she added.

[CJ Sereno does not destroy the institution; she leads the reform and organizing of the judicial system so the public will feel the progress of justice. It is clear that there are forces willing to destroy the entire Supreme Court, not just the Chief Justice]

Roque's statement was also premature, Deinla said, noting it was a complete opposite of a previous Malacañang pronouncement that President Rodrigo Duterte would not intervene in the impeachment case against the top magistrate. (YJG/SunStar Philippines)