CHIEF Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno yesterday called on members of the judiciary to focus on their duties as she faces impeachment for culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust.
“To the men and women of the judiciary. Please continue to focus on your work. Nothing should distract us. There is much to be done for this country,” she said in her speech during the 14th Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair Lecture in the Supreme Court.
“Continue your work undistracted professionally and excellently as you have been doing in the past,” she said, stressing the “country is crying for justice.”
Sereno made the call after Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-Castro and other ranking SC officials testified in the impeachment proceedings, and three or four more magistrates are expected to appear in the hearings next week.
The SC chief stressed that it is also important for members of the judiciary to “monitor and watch and be on the lookout for the hallmarks of independence, integrity and dignity of the judiciary to be preserved.”
“It is most important to me that the dignity and independence of the judiciary is preserved. and that has been the principle I have been observing in my conduct in all of these times,” she pointed out.
At the same time, Sereno insisted on her innocence of the charges in the impeachment complaint of lawyer Lorenzo Gadon, which she already addressed in her verified answer.