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CJ Sereno remains calm amid complaint of impeachment

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno remains calm amid the impeachment complaint she is now facing before the House of Representatives.

In her speech at the gathering of the Philippine Trial Judge League incorporated in Palo Leyte on Wednesday, Sereno reiterated that she has a clear conscience.

The chief justice also noted that she has never lied, or deceived others.

Sereno said that she trusts the public and that institutions of the government would disclose the lies being hurled against her.

She said she is just doing her job as the Supreme Court’s top magistrate.

This is her first public appearance after the House justice committee affirmed that complaint against her has sufficient basis.

Sereno also urged the judges to perform properly their sworn duties and to not let politics affect their work.

The chief justice emphasized as well that she did not attend the event to seek support from the judges. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Sereno insists charges against her have no sufficient basis

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

MANILA, Philippines – Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has reacted to the hearings being conducted by the House Justice Committee on her impeachment case.

She was a guest at a professional lecture on judicial accountability held at the Supreme Court, Thursday morning.

The Chief Justice said she subjected herself to the process in order to protect the independence and dignity of the courts.

“I have submitted myself to this process according to the rights that are accorded in my position. And I hope that you have taken it in all good faith that that is my intent to defend the dignity and independence of the judiciary. In various fora, I have already tried to encapsulate in very, very brief form why the charges against me, in fact, should bear no sufficient basis,” Sereno said.

She said it’s most important to her to keep the independence of the judiciary and that she has been following this principle since her appointment to the court.

Sereno requested three things from the members of the judiciary:  continue working undistracted, be vigilant and continue to pray.

“Please continue to focus on your work. Nothing should distract us. There is much to be done for this country. Our country is crying for justice,” said Sereno.

The Chief Justice was also a guest in the forum organized by the newly-formed Voices of Women for Justice and Peace.

She refused to comment on the statement of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who said that the evidence against her is piling up.

“I have not yet heard him say anything so I cannot comment. So let’s just leave it at that,” Sereno said.

The women’s group has expressed support for the Chief Justice’s fight. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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Marawi residents favor martial law extension in Mindanao

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court has confirmed its earlier decision in July favoring the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

Ten magistrates voted for the dismissal of three motions for reconsideration of petitioners.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa want to just limit the martial law in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and Sulu, while Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio campaigned to implement it just in Marawi City.

Only Associate Justice Marvic Leonen voted for the lifting of the declaration of martial law.

“The court, voting 10-3-1, . . .denied with finality because of mootness and due to lack of merit all the three motions for reconsideration filed by petitioners from the court’s decision dated 4 July 2017,” Supreme Court Spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te said.

Meanwhile, Marawi City residents, particularly those from Barangay Basak Malutlut where the war started in May, signified their support in case President Rodrigo Duterte decides to extend the martial law in Mindanao.

They said this will allay their concerns that terrorists will return and sow fear among them.

“Nagkaroon po ako ng trauma noong una na daladala ko hanggang ngayon. Mas nakakatulong kung e-extend pa kung kinakailangan para po sa peace and security ng Marawi City,” School Principal Noraida Aropanti said.

(I still have trauma from before. It will help if [martial law] will be extended for the peace and security of Marawi City.)

The martial law which was declared on May 23 this year will expire at the end of the month. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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Lacson refutes alleged P200-M offer to senators drop impeachment case vs Sereno

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson has denied allegations that some individuals are trying to bribe senators with P200-million each in exchange for the acquittal of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno from the impeachment case filed against her.

Senator Lacson said such allegations of Attorney Lorenzo Gadon must not be believed because he said there is a possibility of a hidden intention behind his complaint against the Chief Magistrate.

“What he said when he testified before the HOR was merely hearsay. Triple hearsay even. In the first place, I do not know of anyone talking to Senators. Maybe this is his tactics to put the senators on the spot,” Lacson said.

CJ Sereno’s camp, on the other hand, said Gadon’s statements are untrue. – UNTV News & Rescue

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