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Robredo urges Pinoys to be vigilant vs. assaults on laws, freedom: Baka may kasunod kay Sereno

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Vice President Leni Robredo has urged Filipinos to remain vigilant after the Supreme Court upheld the ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Robredo on Tuesday (June 19) said that while the Supreme Court’s decision is a “dark moment” for the country, Filipinos “cannot give in to despair” since it is just one of the battles that needed to be fought for democracy.

“Our vigilance must now extend to other impending assaults on our Constitution and laws, as well as the freedoms they were enacted to protect,” she said in a statement.

“Whether these involve uncontested encroachments against our sovereignty, the unchecked plunder of public coffers, the calculated stifling of the voice of the sovereign people, or the brazen taking of lives and livelihood, we must draw the line and do our utmost to defend it,” Robredo added.

Voting 8-6, the Supreme Court upheld its decision to oust Sereno over her failure to submit all of her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth when she applied for Chief Justice in 2012.

The Supreme Court also directed the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to start the search for the new Chief Justice.

The Vice President called on Filipinos to find the “unquenchable fire of resolve” so they can stand firm for the country.

“We must commit ourselves to defend what remains of our democracy, and to rebuild what has been cast down,” she said.