Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is allegedly “worried” about the security of her job under the administration of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte.
Highly placed sources at the Supreme Court (SC) told The Manila Times over the weekend that Sereno is suffering from stress as President Benigno Aquino 3rd approaches the end of his term on June 30.
It was Aquino who had appointed Sereno as the country’s top magistrate.
Many SC justices allegedly dislike her for ignoring seniority in the High Court.
Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, the most senior justice, apparently was overlooked by Aquino ifor the top SC post.
Like Duterte, Carpio is also from Davao City, where the incoming President has been mayor for more than two decades.
The SC sources pointed out that Sereno worried because she lost her supposed bet on Sen. Grace Poe–ensuring that she will not be disqualified from the presidential race and declare her as natural-born Filipino citizen.
Sereno was even accused by her fellow justices of “lawyering” for Poe during oral arguments on the senator’s residency and citizenship.
The sources said the Chief Justice was having “palpitations” and usually absented herself from office to have medical check-ups.
Despite these issues, Sereno has told SC employees that she will finish her term even beyond that of Duterte.
During the 115th anniversary of the Supreme Court last Friday, Sereno said in her message that it will be her fourth year as Chief Justice and that she has 14 more years left in her term of office.
“Magkakasama pa tayo sa loob ng 14 na taon [We will be together in the next 14 years],” she told the crowd.
Sereno will mark her fourth year in office on August 24 and she will reach 70 years old, the age of retirement, on July 2, 2030.