JUDICIAL officials and employees will stage a nationwide “Red Monday” today (March 12), wearing red clothes, neckties or armbands during the flag ceremony to dramatize their call for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to step down from her post.
In a statement to be read at the flag-raising ceremonies at the Supreme Court, appellate and lower courts nationwide, the Philippine Judges Association, the Supreme Court Employees Association, the Supreme Court Assembly of Lawyer Employees, the Sandiganbayan Employees Association and the Philippine Association of Court Employees say Sereno is no longer fit to lead the branch that she headed since 2012.
“We, the entire force of the judiciary, which includes judges, officials and court employees under your leadership, are pleading you, our beloved Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, to do the timely and necessary sacrifice for the institution that you gave so much time and love in these past years,” the statement in Filipino says. “We call on you, for the sake of our people, to step down from your position as chief justice.”
The groups lamented how the impeachment proceedings “have put the entire judiciary in disrepute, thereby affecting the honor and integrity of its justices, judges, officials and rank and file personnel.”
“Court officials have been pitted against each other resulting in a distressing atmosphere. This is aggravated by the fact that the Court en banc has taken cognizance of the petition for quo warranto and ordered her to file her comment thereto, instead of dismissing it outright. The Court can no longer endure a prolonged environment of this kind. Its officials and personnel, truly dedicated and conscientious public servants, cannot go through another set of hearings and go against each other again at the Senate,” the statement stated.