Sereno dismisses lack of unity in Supreme Court-A A +A
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
In-fighting has no place in the Supreme Court.
Facing the media after her first year in office, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said Wednesday she had clinched the support of 14 other magistrates on projects that will help address congested case dockets and slow movement of justice in the Philippines.
She cited the efficient use of paper rule, planned electronic filing of pleadings, rules on insolvency and financial rehabilitation and requiring judicial affidavits instead of oral direct testimony in cases.
"How could we have achieved such historic landmarks? How could I have even discussed with them about the possible new SC building if we can't work with each other?" said Sereno.
There have been persistent rumors that Sereno was having a hard time getting collegial support after she leapfrogged other senior justices when President Benigno Aquino III named her as successor to ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona in August last year.
At 54, Sereno is the second youngest top magistrate in the SC's 112-year history. She only joined the High Court in 2010.
She said Corona's impeachment trial pushed her to be more accountable for her actions.
"Everyone should be rendered to account and I can't take anything for granted. I imagine that the world is watching me," said Sereno, who left to journalists and historians about what will be her legacy once she leaves the judiciary in 2030. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)