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SC execs, employees seek Sereno’s resignation in an open letter

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Officials and employees of the Supreme Court on Tuesday came up with an open letter calling for the immediate resignation of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno who is facing an impeachment complaint for betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution.

The paper is entitled: “An Open Letter for the Resignation of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno,” “From the Concerned Officials and Personnel of the Supreme Court.”

“We, the concerned officials and personnel of the Supreme Court, are most respectfully pleading Your Honor, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno, to please RESIGN immediately considering the evidence revealed and the testimonies given during the impeachment hearings of the Committee on Justice, House of Representatives, among which are Your Honor’s non-filing of Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth, in violation of the Constitution and law; wanton disregard for and repetitive violation of the Constitutionally-mandated principle of collegiality and internal rules of the Supreme Court; wanton disregard for and repetitive violation of procurement laws and rules; manifest extravagance; and constant manipulation of the Judicial and Bar Council and interference with its mandate to serve Your Honor’s own interests, all of which call into question Your Honor’s integrity, ability, and fitness to remain as Chief Justice,” the paper stated.

“We can and will no longer remain silent as the Institution falls deeper into disrepute with each passing day and our officers and personnel pitted against one another, as a consequence of Your Honor’s actions and indiscretions,” it added.

The letter pointed out court officials and employees’ have already loss loss their confidence in Sereno’s leadership.

“We hereby manifest our loss of trust, faith, and confidence in Your Honor, Chief Justice Sereno, and call on Your Honor to RESIGN NOW from Your Honor’s position as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court… Again, Your Honor, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno, PLEASE RESIGN NOW,” the letter stated.

At the same time, the letter called on Atty. Lorenzo Gadon, the complainant in the impeachment case, to reconsider his threat to file cases against court officials and employees implicated in Sereno’s alleged indiscretions.

“Nakakahiya man pong aminin, ngunit nagpapasalamat din po kami kay Atty. Lorenzo Gadon na siyang mag-isa at buong tapang na nagsiwalat ng mga kamalian na nagaganap sa Korte Suprema. Kung hindi po dahil sa kanya, hindi pa po mahihinto ang mga maling sistemang kamakailan lamang ay umiiral sa Kataas-taasang Hukuman magmula ng Chief Justice Sereno ay manungkulan.

“Gayunpaman, kami po ay nananawagan din kay Atty. Gadon na sana po ay ipagpaliban na niya ang pagsampa ng mga kaso sa mga opisyal at kawani ng Korte Suprema, lalo lalo na po sila 1. Deputy Court Administrator Raul B. Villanueva; Deputy Court Administrator Thelma C. Bahia (retired); Atty. Anna-Li R. Papa-Gombio, Deputy Clerk of Court en banc; Atty. Corazon G. Ferrer-Flores, chief, Fiscal Management and Budget Office; and Ma. Carina M. Cunanan, Assistant Chief, Office of Administrative Services. Sila po ay matagal ng nanunungkulan sa Supreme Court at sumusunod lamang sa mga utos ni Chief Justice Sereno. Ang kanilang pagsuway ay katapusan na rin ng kanilang mga karera,” the letter stated.

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