SC JUSTICES CONFRONT SERENO ON VACANCY ISSUE

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was confronted by magistrates of the Supreme Court (SC) on her decision to strip the justices of their right to vote and choose the top nominees for the position vacated by Associate Justice Roberto Abad who retired in May.

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During the regular en banc session on Tuesday, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro assailed Sereno’s letter, which said “several justices” of the High Court requested that they do away with the traditional voting on nominees.

“To accommodate the request of several justices that voting no longer be conducted among the candidates, the members of the court with respect to the candidates for associate justice (vice Justice Roberto A. Abad), please be informed that I have decided to favorably consider such request,” Sereno stated in her letter dated May 29, 2014.

A source said de Castro asked Sereno to identify who were the justices who made the request but Sereno could not name one.

De Castro said she is in favor of the voting process. Several justices also manifested their desire to exercise their right to screen nominees for the SC post.

Sources had claimed that the Chief Justice clipped the voting powers of the associate justices in order to manipulate the shortlist of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) because she wants Commission on Audit Chairman Grace Pulido-Tan to be chosen as Abad’s replacement.

As Chief Justice, Sereno sits as chairman of the JBC.

The sources said by issuing the controversial letter, Sereno violated the Internal Rules of the JBC.

Rule 8, Section 1 of the Internal Rules of the JBC states: “Due weight and regard to the recommendees of the Supreme Court. In every case involving an appointment to a seat in the Supreme Court, the council shall give due weight and regard to the recommendees of the Supreme Court. For this purpose, the council shall submit to the court a list of candidates for any vacancy in the court with an executive summary of its evaluation and assessment of each of them, together with all relevant records concerning candidates from whom the court may base the selection of recommendees.”

The JBC is scheduled to conduct its voting on June 30.

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17 Comments

  1. Thanks to the associate justices who will not give in to this incompetent president’s dictates. Obviuosly all these have the fingerprints of Mar Roxas who is orchestrating in behalf of his benefactor who also happen to be a psycho subject.

  2. I just hope that this lady CJ who failed her psycho test herself will be impeach in the near future. She abused her power already several times as CJ like aquino himself. That really shows how this present inutile president have destroyed the SC by appointing a CJ who is as mentally derailed as he is. Both of them have clearly abused their power for personal gain.

  3. So far this is the second time Lunatic Sereno tried to put shit over the heads of our unbiased rational Associates Justices, I glad they are so awake to the shenanigans of this Lokaret. To Justice Castro, Carpio and the rest of the independent Justices, God Bless guide and protect you always, you are the peoples saviour. The likes of BSA and Sereno will only try to use you. Please stand firm against them.

  4. To Arlene Bermudez: So you are writing in this space too. Now to answer you. The duplicity of SC Justice Sereno is due to her utter lack of moral sense, lack of principles and her deep seated inferiority. She was appointed by an incompetent president (?) over and above the more qualified senior associate justices in the Supreme Court like Carpio, T. Leonardo de Castro, et al, who have already proven their mettle.

    Hence Sereno’s stay in the SC will always be punctuated by trying to prove she is an equal to her peers – which is false, and she knows it.

    • Seems like all of the major appointees of this administration are mentally deranged, insecure, and subservient to Pnoy and not to the position of responsiblity where they were appointed. This administration is the most corrupted in Phil. history.

    • Lord Chimera on

      You forgot to mention that Sereno’s power is due to BSA’s patronage. If BSA is taken down she will be emasculated.

  5. Alejo Rosete on

    What? The Chief Justice violated the Internals of the JBC of which she is the Chairman. She should be the last to violate any rule, specially she is the Chief Justice. Such act is also immoral. Remember she even invokes God (its “God Well – her appointment”) when she was appointed as Chief Justice.

  6. Ipagdasal at patuloy nating suportahan ang mga associate justices na ipaglaban nila ang kanilang karapatan na makapamili ng papalit kay associate justice abad na walang bahid ng politika at para sa kapakanan ng ating mga mamamayan. Manatili tayong magmasid at manindigan upang mapuksa ang pamumulitika sa ating kataastaasang hukuman.

  7. The stench of CJ Sereno has spread all over the halls and walls of the Supreme Court that it can pass through even the tightly clogged noses of her peers. Clipping the voting powers of other justices instantly with the intention to give way to another favored justice by mere swaying her magic wand is utterly fantastic. Did she think her move will go on unopposed because she had the backing of the president? While dirt litters around, Sereno laughs all the way telling her boss about the mission accomplished. Supreme Court is no longer the respectable court it used to be and should acquire a new name.

  8. jesus nazario on

    Who else are these “several justices” but the appointees of BSAIII ? Its a no-brainer ! The top officials of this entire admin after their term is through should band together again, form a company and go into the RIGGING business with the heads of the constitutional agencies sitting on the Board. The rigging expertise of Comelec, COA, Ombudsman, SC, all constitutional bodies is unmatchable ! CSC lang yata ang di involved in rigging.

  9. Hurrah for Justice de Castro and the Supreme Court Justices who did not let this feckless Chief Justice lord it over them. So this Aquino lapdog is also another moral incompetent like the Abnoy.

    To Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro and all the Justices who stood against CJ Sereno: please accept the gratitude of this writer and without doubt, an admiring nation too.

    • Arlene Bermudez on

      Mam Guadalupe, it has been widely reported before that Sereno failed the psychological exam yet appointed by PNoy. Looks like this kind of duplicity, if you can call it, is second nature to her. How would you explain her behaviour as a psychologist?

  10. Hurrah for Justice de Castro and the Supreme Court Justices who did not let this feckless Chief Justice lord it over them. So this Aquino lapdog is also another moral incompetent like the Abnoy.

    To Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro and all the Justices who against CJ Sereno: please accept the gratitude of this writer and without doubt, an admiring nation too.

    • Guada, jokingly I can imagine that Lourdes Sereno may have peed in her panty when Justice de Castro confronted her. Knowing the Justice, she is too smart for Sereno and never afraid of confrontation. I even remember a SC session during the Arroyo administration how she stood and argued with Justice Carpio and Justic Corona. The lady is something and never backs down. Poor Sereno, mukha yatang sisiw sa panahong yun.

  11. For sure this Sereno attempt is another stage play directed by King PNoy so his favorite dick-suckers will again be appointed. Folks, having one psycho persona in the executive branch in government should be enough but we are in for another disaster having another psycho as chief justice. The country is on the way to a hopeless case of governance.

    • emmanuel diocares on

      what do you expect? we have a psycho king of pork barrel and a psycho chief justice… meaning, birds of the same feather flock together