Sereno to fight impeachment (Conclusion)

Sereno to fight impeachment (Conclusion)

The embattled Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will not step down as she vows anew to continue the fight until the very end of her impeachment case. I am determined to wage, 'til the logical end, this battle started by those who seek to undermine the Constitution and the judiciary. She reiterated on Monday that she would not resign and said other judges had resisted pressure to join the campaign against her, so they could "maintain the dignity and independence of the judiciary".

"I have said time and again to focus on your job, and that prayers are the best form of support you can give in my fight against impeachment by the Senate", she appealed to them.

While five out of 15 groups of judges and employees called on the chief justice on Monday to step down, the local court judges and employees want to remain neutral in this controversy.

"I do not make choices in life on the basis of the easier option but what is the right thing to do".

"The president keeps on disclaiming any knowledge or participation about this whole thing", she said in a television interview.

Sereno pointed out that resigning her post "will only serve to erode the independence of the Supreme Court and embolden those who demand a subservient judiciary". "Chief Justice Sereno should be given a day in court", said Judge Ramon Daomilas Jr., second vice executive judge at Regional Trial Court-Cebu City.

"We remain neutral. Lisod man ug makontrahan ta (We don't want to be treated like an enemy)", said one judge, who requested not to be named in this story.

But a spokesperson for Sereno, lawyer Josalee Deinla, said she believes some of the personnel and other officials of the Supreme Court and other courts around the country were pressured into joining the protests.


Under the Constitution, once the House approves the imp0eachment resolution, it would refer it to the Senate which is to constitute itself into an impeachment court to try Sereno.

He told the SC that Sereno's appointment was invalid from the start because she did not meet the specific qualification of proven integrity with her failure to submit the 10-year SALNs.

Davide said calling on Sereno to quit now would destroy people's faith in the judiciary.

"Such ineligibility means that she is unlawfully holding the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court...", he added.

"Every person is entitled to his or her day in court".

Davide presided over the impeachment trial of former president Joseph Estrada in 2001 on corruption allegations.

"Maybe, the issue being raised here is the propriety being a former Senate President".

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