Chief Justice makes herself scarce again

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After a two-week leave of absence, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno made herself scarce again, this time indefinitely.

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The Manila Times learned that Sereno had issued Special Order 2120 dated July 31, 2015, that designated Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio as acting Chief Justice.

“In view of the leave of absence of the undersigned [Sereno], Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio is designated as acting Chief Justice, with authority to exercise the powers and prerogatives of and pertaining to the position of Chief Justice on matters that cannot wait for the Chief Justice, effective August 3, 2015, until the undersigned reports back to work,” the special order read.

Many SC justices supposedly were surprised at the Chief Justice taking another leave of absence right after her wellness leave.

A wellness leave is given to justices for their executive check-up or other medical issues.
The SC magistrates also supposedly suspected that the Torre de Manila case was behind Sereno’s latest leave of absence.

Oral arguments on the case will be heard for two straight weeks by the SC en banc with Carpio sitting as presiding officer.

A source of The Manila Times said Sereno’s indefinite leave would justify her skipping the oral arguments, having been accused of bias for DMCI Inc., owner of the condominium.

Her simply inhibiting from the case, according to the source, would have put to rest allegation that she was “lawyering” for DMCI, former employer of her husband Mario Jose Sereno.

Mario was connected with Dacon Corp., a Consunji-owned company, but resigned from Dacon almost 26 years ago, in July 1989.

It was his wife herself who introduced the idea of giving compensation to DMCI Inc., if the government ordered demolition of the 46-story Torre de Manila, partly for being an eyesore of a backdrop for the Rizal monument in Manila’s Rizal Park (Luneta).

The Manila Times source said the SC justices do not believe that the Chief Justice is really sick since she was seen at the House of Representatives where President Benigno Aquino 3rd delivered his sixth and final the State of the Nation Address last July 27.

Sereno was also seen at a recent party for Raul Pangalangan, who had been elected as judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands.
The ICC prosecutes genocide and war crimes.

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  1. Bonifacio Bangayan Claudio on

    Korek ka dyan, ‘igan, na sabi mo sa gitna ng baybaying dagat ilipat ang rebulto aiiiiii… Gawing rotational pad ang kinatatayuan ni Rizal para wala ng pinagtatalunan na harapan, tagiliran, or likuran. Then siguradong maraming magkakainterest na gumawa on motor-boats/yachts ng small floating restaurants, boutiques, casinos, “gondola-style romantic night” around the monument, and also night swimming atop large “gondola-style” bancas, oh, ‘di bah?! Anong say mo, Erap & Consunji?! Expensive kasi parang small island yun, pero worth all the trouble, kasi you shall have created “the hen that lays the golden egg”… You’re looking for “legacy to bequeath”, where the names Erap-Consunji, be Eternal?! This could be it… Yeheeeeeey !!!

  2. apolonio reyes on

    Duon sa huling hearing sa Torre de Manila, ay tinanong ng SC ang Knights of Rizal ( KofR ) kung bakit nila dinala kagad sa SC ang kaso at hindi sa lower courts? Ito ay nagpapakita na malamang paboran ng SC and DMCI kaysa sa KofR. Mayroon akong Win-Win suggestion sa problema idinulot ng Torre de Manila.
    Dahilan sa nandyan na ang Torre de Manila na kasalanan ng DMCI at City of Manila, bakit di na lang sagutin ng DMCI at Cuidad ng Maynila ang pagtayo o paglipat ng Monomento ni Rizal sa gitna ng Manila Bay gaya ng ” STATUE OF LIBERTY ” SA NEW YORK at gawin yuon pinagtangalan ng Monomento ng ” Hardin ni Gat Jose Rizal. It ang pakinabang kung gagawin nila ito;
    1) Dudumugin ang Monomento ni Rizal sa gitna ng Manila Bay, hindi lang ng banyagang Torista, kund pati mga local para Makita ito at ang ganda ng ” Sunset over Manila Bay “. Sa umaga ay nakatingin si Gat Jose Rizal sa kanyang mahal na bayan sinilangan at sa hapon sa ” Sunset over Manila Bay”.
    2)Kikita ang City of Manila na syang lang ang tatagan ng motor de banka patungo sa Monomento ni Gat Jose Rizal na nasa gitna ng Manila Bay..
    3) Pwede nag magtayo ang DMCI ng Kambal Tore de Manila at iba mga Kontratista na wala nang hahadlang at makakapagbigay na trabaho di lang sa construction worker at iba pang ” Collateralbusinesses” .
    Sana pag-isipan ito ng Konseho ng Maynila, ni Mayor Erap at ni David M. Consunji.