CJ Sereno shuns resignation, uses leave of absence to prepare for impeachment trial

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Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday maintained her stance and reiterated that she will not resign despite pressure from some of her colleagues in the Supreme Court.

Recently, Sereno said announced that she will be taking a leave of absence in a bid to prepare for her impeachment trial.

“I need to prepare to fight the accusations against me, fairly and squarely, with honor, dignity and grace,” Sereno said during the 25th national convention of the Regional Trial Court Clerks of Court Association of the Philippines (RCAP) at the Manila Hotel.

Explaining further, Sereno clarified that she would be taking an indefinite leave of which the first two weeks would be charged against her wellness leave credits from March 1 to 15.

“I want to give you the assurance that while I will be taking a leave of absence, the ship of state of the judiciary remains on course,” she added.

Insisting on Sereno’s innocence, Attorney Jojo Lacanilao, Spokesperson of the Chief Magister, affirmed that Sereno will remain as the country’s Chief Justice despite her leave of absence

“Even now that she is on wellness/indefinite leave, she remains the Chief Justice of the Philippines. So, let’s all be clear about that,”  Lacanilao said.

The House Committee on Justice is expected to vote on whether the allegations against Sereno have probable cause on Wednesday, March 7.


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