Group fears attack on ‘last bulwark of democracy’
While Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is currently under attack with an impeachment case, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas recognizes the critical role of the Supreme Court in the protection of civil liberties and prevention of excesses of government power.
“The impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno comes closely in the heels of the impeachment and subsequent removal of then Chief Justice Renato Corona. We fear that this consecutive attack against the head of the judiciary might create an unintended chilling effect on present and future justices that will eventually weaken the Court,” the group said in a statement.
For Laiko, Sereno is a “ person of integrity unsullied by any hint of corruption”, a woman of principle and a leader of action.
“We therefore enjoin all Filipinos to speak up for what is right and to defend our democratic institutions,” it said.
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