Sereno insists on innocence: I’m protecting judiciary’s independence
Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Thursday insisted on her innocence over accusations linking her to high crimes by impeachment complainant lawyer Larry Gadon.
“I have submitted myself to this process according to the rights that are accorded in my position. And I hope that you have taken it in all good faith that my intent is to defend the dignity and independence of the judiciary,” she in her speech during the 14th Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair Lecture in the Supreme Court.
“In various fora, I have already tried to incapsulate in very, very brief form why the charges against me, in fact, should bear no sufficient basis,” she continued.
Aside from Justice Teresita De Castro, Associate Justices Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam and Samuel Martires and retired Associate Justice Arturo Brian are expected to testify in the impeachment hearings next week.
Sereno was accused of culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust arising from her alleged failure to correctly disclose her net worth, purchase of an expensive SUV out of judiciary funds, and luxurious travels abroad with her staff.