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Sereno ‘serene’ as ever despite impeachment suit

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno urged trial court judges to stay focused on their work and not to be sidetracked by the political noise meant to oust her.

Sereno wanted the members of the judiciary to “stay true to their oaths” and stay out of politics.

“I did not come here to, as some would advise, rally the troops and ask you to wear armbands or hold placards for me,” Sereno said at the gathering of the Philippine Trial Judges League Inc. in its 24th annual convention and biennal election held at The Oriental Hotel in Palo, Leyte on Wednesday.

“I know that, ultimately, such political maneuverings can only erode our branch of government in the long-term, however gratifying it may be at the moment. I have no interest in feeding my ego,” she added.

She told trial court judges that the “greatest demonstration of support” they can give her was to “work hard, work with integrity, be honest in all your dealings, and defend the Constitution as we all swore to do.”

“Remain steadfast in the conduct of your duties; zone out of politics, and decide on your cases with openness, sobriety, and fairness,” she said.

In front of whom she called “frontliners of our courts,” Sereno reiterated that the impeachment proceedings did not bother her because she knew the truth was on her side.

“To tell you the truth, I do not feel as embattled as the news stories may portray me to be,” she said. “As one of my younger staff remarked, ‘Ang chill ni CJ, bagay ang pangalan — Sereno, as in serene… Kalmado.”

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