Editorial: Dignity, honor, and grace

CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said the other day that she will attend the high court’s oral arguments on the quo warranto petition filed against her by Solicitor General Jose Calida.

During her visit in Bacolod City on Wednesday for the national convention of court legal researchers, the beleaguered justice chief confirmed the statements of her spokesperson, lawyer Jojo Lacanilao, that she will be present at the Supreme Court en banc session on April 10 in Baguio City.

The high court had earlier asked Sereno, who is on leave, to attend the oral arguments on quo warranto case.

Sereno, in her speech before the court workers, said it is with this commitment and promise that she continues to discharge her function.

She said she is going through everything with utmost peace because the peace will be with anyone who possesses the truth.

Sereno said she will face all the accusations against her with “dignity, honor and grace” knowing that at the end of the day, everything that has been contrived will be unmasked.

For her, it takes the courage of simple men and women to make the country great, not in the pompous words but rather in the authentic lives of people who are willing to walk with integrity.

The impeachment petition against Sereno was filed due to her alleged psychological deficiencies for the chief justice position, purported extravagance in travel and vehicle, failure to declare many millions of pesos in income, and apparent manipulation of high court resolutions and judicial and bar council proceedings.

Earlier, judges in Negros Occidental refused to join the calls for the resignation of Sereno as they reminded their colleagues to stay neutral.

They said they are saddened by the pronouncements of some court personnel, employees’ associations and unions calling for the resignation of the chief justice.

Sereno maintained she will not resign.

The en banc session next week will be the first time Sereno will be heard after she skipped the impeachment proceedings in the House justice committee.

Like any other Filipino, we are eager to see how the high court will resolve Sereno’s case.
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