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Think of SC’s integrity: Palace urges Sereno anew to reflect about staying on as Chief Justice

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Malacañang has reiterated its call for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to reflect on her decision to stay longer in her post in light of 13 Supreme Court magistrates’ statement asking her to take a leave.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday (March 1) refused to give a longer comment on the justices’ statement, but pointed out that Sereno didn’t heed the Palace’s earlier advice for her to resign.

“Ayaw na po naming magkomenta diyan. Minsan nagbigay kami ng mungkahi, hindi naman napakinggan ni CJ ‘no,” he said in a press briefing

“So ang sa amin lang, iyong huling statement namin diyan, eh sana talagang magmuni-muni si Chief Justice kung ano ang talagang dapat gawin, dahil hindi lang naman ito personal na kaso lang ng Chief Justice, nakasalalay din po dito iyong integridad ng Korte Suprema at Hudikatura bilang isang institusyon,” Roque added.

He maintained that Malacañang had nothing to do with the impeachment proceedings against Sereno since her own colleagues in the Supreme Court were all too willing to testify against her in the House of Representatives.

“[M]alinaw na po na ang nagbibigay ng testimonya laban sa kana, sarili niyang kasama sa Kataas-taasang hukuman,” he said.

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