‘War’ looms but Chief Justice hides behind veil of silence

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TROUBLE may be brewing at the Supreme Court (SC) because of the way Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno is treating her colleagues but the chief magistrate remains mum even after some justices criticized her for shouting at Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio.

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The Manila Times tried several times to get a reaction from the camp of Sereno by calling the Office of the Chief Justice and Theodore Te, the SC Public Information Office (PIO) Chief.

Only Te responded to the calls and text messages send to him.

However, he said that the tribunal’s reply is “no response.”

Some justices who asked not to be identified said that Carpio may have remained quiet when he was scolded and yelled at by Sereno during their last en banc session in December but he will not take the incident sitting down.

A magistrate warned that Carpio, who is respected by his colleagues for being the most senior justice at the High Court, will get back at Sereno.

Time and again, Sereno evaded media interviews.

In her first public appearance last year at the Dela Salle University, she did not invite The Manila Times. The newspaper had published an exclusive story on the result of Sereno’s psychiatric test when she applied for the chief justice post.

When Sereno had her first public appearance last year, on her first Meet the Press, at the Dela Salle University, The Manila Times was not invited to into the event.

The Manila Times published an exclusive story on the result of Sereno’s low psychiatric test when she applied for the chief justice post.

The Manila Times released the story on August 24, 2012, the day she was appointed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd as chief justice.

The psychiatric report showed that Sereno had an IQ of “[109] Average”.

“She projects a happy mood but has depressive markers too. There is a strong tendency to make decisions based on current mood thus, outcome is highly subjective and self-righteous,” the report added.

The report stated that Sereno “keeps a smiling face to project that she is happy” and that “she is dramatic and emotional, she appears energetic and all smiles and agreeable, but with religious preoccupation in almost all significant aspects of her life.

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