‘Resign!’ judges, court employees tell Sereno
Judges and court employees on Monday called on Chief Justice Mar ia Lourdes Sereno to make the “supreme sacrifice” and resign.
Erwin Ocson, president of Supreme Court Employees Association (SCEA), read a joint manifesto during the flag ceremony at the Supreme Court (SC) and “pleaded” with Sereno to give up her post “for her sake and the sake of the Filipino people.”
“Kami ang buong puwersa ng Hudikatura, na kinabibilangan ng mga huwes, opiysal at mga kawani sa ilalim ng inyong pamamahala, ay nakikiusap sa Inyo, mahal namingPunong Mahistrado , Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno upang gaw innaang napapanahon at nararapat na sakripisyo para sa ating Hudikatura, ang Institusyon na inyong pinaglalaanan ng panahon at pagmamahal ng mga nakalipas na taon,” Ocson said.
“Kam ipoay nananawagan, para na rin po sa kapakanan ng buong Sambayanang Pilipino, na kayo ay bumaba na sa puwesto bilang Punong Mahist rado o Chief Justice,” he added.
Sereno Spokesperson Lawyer Josalee Deinla, said they were saddened and bothered by the implications of the appeal for the Chief Justice to resign.
“Unang-una ay hinusgahan na nila ang ating Punong Mahistrado gayung hindi pa siya nabibigyan ng tunay na pagkakataon para mapakinggan,” Deinla said over radio dzMM.
Deinla said the Chief Justice had been appealing to the court employees to reject the “rumors and lies” that had been circulating until she was given her day in court.
Sereno’s spokesperson reminded court employees “who make up the unions and the service associations that signed the statement, that they have the duty to protect judicial independence” by obeying the Constitution.
“The Constitution says that the Chief Justice must go through the process of impeachment to ferret out the truth. It is only through impeachment that she can be judged,” Deinla continued.
Among the groups that signed the manifesto were Supreme Court Assembly of Lawyer Employees (SCALE), Philippine Association of Court Employees (PACE), SCEA, and the Sandiganbayan Employees Association (SBEA).
The flag ceremony was again tagged as “Red Monday” as Supreme Court officials and employees wore red in support to the justices who asked Sereno to go an indefinite leave.
Present during the flag ceremony and having a touch of red on their clothes, were Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco, Teresita Leonardo De Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano Del Castillo, Francis Jardeleza, Samuel Martires and Noel Tijam.
Court employees wore red during their flag ceremony on Monday to join the call for the resignation of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.