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Sereno consulted other magistrates before acting on Aguirre’s request

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Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno insists she did not act alone on the request made by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to transfer the Maute cases outside Mindanao.

“The Chief Justice did not act upon the request of the Secretary of Justice unilaterally,” Sereno’s camp said in a statement on Wednesday (December 6).

“As the letter of the Secretary of Justice was personally addressed to her and considering the urgency of the matter, she discussed the matter with the Supreme Court En Banc even prior to the matter being raffled,” it said.

Among the charges made under the impeachment complaint against her, Sereno was accused of having sat on the request of Aguirre.

“Since the Supreme Court En Banc acted on the request, the raffle committee assigned the administrative matter to the Chief Justice consistent with the standard practice of the Clerk of Court,” said her camp.

“The administrative matter was part of the raffle proceedings and although it was assigned to the Chief Justice, the assignment was confirmed by the members of the raffle committee composed of three justices of the Supreme Court,” it added.