Lacierda dismayed over Jardeleza’s vote to oust Sereno: Mas piniling gumanti kaysa gawin ang tama!
Former presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda couldn’t believe that Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza will vote to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
In a tweet posted Saturday (May 12), Lacierda said he admired Jardeleza, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by former President Benigno Aquino III.
“It may well be a reaction to the personal attacks by Sereno against him during the JBC hearings,” he said. “As hard as it may be, the nobler man would have preferred the rule of law over a pound of flesh.”
In 2014, Sereno excluded Jardeleza, then the Solicitor General, from the Judicial and Bar Council’s shortlist of candidates for Supreme Court Associate Justices.
Sereno, then the chair of JBC as Chief Justice, opposed Jardeleza’s nomination to the Supreme Court due to his alleged deliberate exclusion of Itu Aba in the government’s arguments during the arbitration case against China in connection with the South China Sea.
The former Chief Justice said Jardeleza’s stand raises questions about his “moral fitness” to become Associate Justice.
I am saddened by Justice Francis Jardeleza’s (a man I admire) decision to oust Sereno. It may well be a reaction to the personal attacks by Sereno against him during the JBC hearings. As hard as it may be, the nobler man would have preferred the rule of law over a pound of flesh.
— Edwin Lacierda (@dawende) May 11, 2018
In an 8-6 vote, the Supreme Court declared Sereno’s appointment as Chied Justice as void due to her failure to submit all of her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).
There would have been a tie if Jardeleza dissented along with Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, and Associate Justices Marvic Leonen, Estela Perlas Bernabe, Mariano Del Castillo, Presbitero Velasco and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.
Aside from Jardeleza, those who voted for Sereno’s ouster were: Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Teresita De Castro, Lucas Bersamin, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr., Alexander Gesmundo and Samuel Martires.