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Asan ang hustisya? Davide slams anti-Sereno judges, court employees for depriving CJ of fair trial

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Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. has defended Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno from resignation calls issued by judges and court employees, saying it was alarming that she is being deprived of due process by those sworn to uphold justice and fairness.

Davide, in a statement, asked the judges and court employees not to politicize the judiciary and instead respect the rights of Chief Justice to “fairness, justice, due process and the rule of law.”

“If there is anything that will destroy the faith of our people in the judiciary, it is the perception that judges themselves are unwilling to await the results of a constitutional proceeding or a statutory process. The call is condemning without evidence, judging before hearing, applying additional political pressure on the Chief Magistrate rather than according her the rights to a fair trial, to substantive and procedural due process, and even to the rule of law,” he said.

“It is resort to the rule of men. Who would thereafter believe that the Judiciary is the bastion of justice and fairness if the judges themselves deny these to the Chief Justice now?” he added.