Spox: Justice Peralta obviously has an axe to grind against Sereno
The camp of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday brushed aside doubts over her appointment in the judiciary’s top post, saying the magistrate’s accusers have nothing but personal issues against her.
This as Atty. Jojo Lacanilao, one of Sereno’s spokespersons, dismissed the statement of Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta that Sereno’s appointment “may be considered void” because she allegedly did not met the documentary requirements set by the influential Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).
Lacanilao stressed Peralta may just have an “axe to grind” against Sereno.
“Justice Peralta has an axe to grind against Sereno because his wife, Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Audrey Peralta, was excluded from the shortlist of nominees for CA presiding justice that was submitted by the JBC to President Duterte last year after she filed her requirements out of time. Sereno is currently the ex-officio chair of the JBC,” the lawyer disclosed in a statement.
Lacanilao bared Peralta has complained about his wife’s exclusion from the shortlist during impeachment hearings were he was a resource person.
“Justice Peralta should have some delicadeza in not allowing personal disappointments to color his testimonies before the Justice Committee,” he stressed.