4 groups urge Sereno to quit

But Sereno in­sists: I will not re­sign

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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

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