SC flag-raising ceremony to turn into “sea of red”
Officials and employees of the Supreme Court will attend Monday’s flag-raising ceremony wearing red to support the 13 justices who “forced” Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno to go on indefinite leave, and to show their disgust over the embattled magistrate’s leadership.
Multiple sources who spoke on condition of anonymity disclosed this on Sunday afternoon.
The source also divulged that several justices who stopped attending the weekly ceremony since Sereno assumed the judiciary’s helm would be also in attendance.
” I will not be surprised if the flag ceremony will be a ‘sea of red,’ but not in support of the Chief Justice,” the source bared.
Furthermore, members of the influential Philippine Judges Association, which was surprisingly passive on Sereno’s impeachment, and several lower court judges have been also invited.
“There will be court employees and officers who will attend the flag ceremony wearing red shirts. Others will be in their office uniform, but they will wear red armbands,” another source said.
“Their presence is in support of the 13 justices who urged Sereno to take an indefinite leave,” the source added. “It’s also a show of support for (Senior Associate Justice) Antonio Carpio as caretaker of the Supreme Court while she’s on indefinite leave.”
Also, the source debunked growing public perception that the SC was divided.
“The Supreme Court is not divided. In fact, it is united since all of the 13 justices were unanimous in asking Sereno to take an indefinite leave,” the source said.
“Nobody dissented from the decision of the justices. They are unanimous with that.”