SC execs forced judges, unions to call for CJ’s resignation
Officers and members of the Regional Trial Court Judges Association (RTCJA), the Philippine Judges Association (PJA), and several Supreme Court unions were allegedly pressured by at least three high court officials to join the “Red Monday” protest at the SC building in Manila.
A source who spoke on condition of anonymity added that aside from wearing red during the flag-raising ceremony, officers and members of these groups were told to read a statement calling for the resignation of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
The SC unions included the Supreme Court Assembly of Lawyer Employees (SCALE), Philippine Association of Court Employees (PACE), and the Supreme Court Employees Association (SCEA).
But the source continued that the Metropolitan Trial Court Judges Association of the Philippines (MetCJAP) declined the call for Sereno’s resignation.
During the “Red Day” activity, court officials and employees would be wearing red clothes, neckties, and arm bands to amplify their protest against Sereno’s leadership, and to demand her resignation.
Sereno is facing impeachment for culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust.