4 groups urge Sereno to quit
But Sereno insists: I will not resign
MANILA - Four judges and employees associations, out of the existing 15, called for the resignation of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno Monday, March 12, amid the impeachment proceedings against her.
But the embattled Chief Justice, in a press conference organized by the Coalition for Justice at the Bahay Kalinaw in the University of the Philippines, reiterated that she will not step down, but will continue to fight the battle for judicial independence. “I will not resign,” she said, as she explained that giving up her post would only “erode the independence of the Supreme Court” and embolden those who are seeking to undermine the Constitution. The four groups reportedly read their statements calling for Sereno’s resignation at the flagraising ceremony at the Supreme Court.
In a letter signed by the leaders of the four groups, they said the right thing to
do for Sereno is to resign.
"Kami po ay nananawagan, para na rin po sa kapakanan ng buong sambayanang Pilipino na kayo po ay bumaba na sa puwesto at magbitiw bilang punong mahistrado o Chief Justice," the letter read.
Signatories to the letter are Philippine Judges Association president Judge Felix Reyes, Philippine Association of Court Employees president Maria Fe Maloloy-On, Supreme Court Assembly of Lawyers Employees president Rene Enciso, and Supreme Court Employees Association president Erwin Ocson.
The leaders said the impeachment proceedings against Sereno at the House of Representatives have placed the entire judiciary in disgrace, thereby affecting the honor of its justices, judges, officials and rank and file personnel.
They stressed that the judiciary can no longer endure an environment brought by the impeachment hearings against Sereno. SunStar Philippines