Fewer SC justices attend latest flag rites

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

At her second flag-raising ceremony since becoming head of the judiciary on August 25, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday found herself with a dwindling number of supporters among her colleagues on the Supreme Court.

Seven senior associate justices—Antonio Carpio, Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Arturo Brion, Presbitero Velasco Jr. and Martin Villarama Jr.—boycotted her first flag-raising ceremony on September 3.

The reason was obvious to Malacañang: The most senior justices were protesting President Benigno Aquino’s passing the junior Sereno over their heads and making her Chief Justice, a breach of the tradition on the court that the next most senior justice replaces the retiring head of the judiciary.

Malacañang chose to ignore the justices’ protest and said the President would not explain Sereno’s appointment to them. Instead, the Palace asked the court to give Sereno a chance to lead reforms in the judiciary.

Did the justices listen?

On Moday, eight associate judges—Carpio, Velasco, De Castro, Brion, Peralta, Bersamin, Jose Perez and Estela Perlas-Bernabe—absented themselves from Sereno’s flag-raising ceremony.

Only five—Associate Justices Roberto Abad, Mariano del Castillo, Jose Catral Mendoza, Bienvenido Reyes and Villarama—appeared with Sereno at the flag rites on the Supreme Court grounds on Padre Faura Street in Manila.

No talk

Sereno, who had never become a judge before President Aquino appointed her to serve on the Supreme Court in 2010, said nothing about the snub.

She had said she wanted to restore the court’s venerable silence, leaving public communication to the tribunal’s press officer.

Press officer Gleoresty Guerra had nothing to say Monday about the increasing absences at the flag-raising ceremony.

But Abad told reporters that the Sereno court was moving on after the impeachment of Corona and the intense rivalry among the justices nominated to replace the fired Chief Justice.

Abad himself was among the five justices who accepted their nominations for the top job in the judiciary.

 

Good relations

 

Asked by reporters how Sereno was doing at her new job, Abad replied, “She is doing pretty well.”

Reports are that the senior justices refuse to recognize Sereno, who was ranked 13th in seniority but accepted her nomination, as Chief Justice.

There are also reports that the senior justices are avoiding Sereno at breakfast or lunch during full-court sessions.

Abad shrugged off reports of friction among the justices, describing Sereno’s relations with the other justices as “very good.”

“We do our work. It’s something you should credit the members of the court for,” Abad said. “We do our duties. We move on.”

Senator Francis Escudero, a member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) that vetted the nominees for Chief Justice, said he hoped the other justices on the Supreme Court would help Sereno in her new job.

Broken tradition

Escudero said that for him, the question about Sereno’s reported low score in the psychological exam required by the JBC should be dropped because a new Chief Justice had already been appointed.

“This is an issue that arose from the issue of appointment or nonappointment of a particular person as Chief Justice,” he said without elaborating, though it was clear he was referring to Carpio, the most senior justice and who should have been appointed to the highest office in the judiciary had the President respected tradition.

“That issue is over and I hope they will help the current Chief Justice,” Escudero said.

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  • Hey_Dudes

    I think to defuse anymore problems arising from these justice associates seeming childish attitude towards the new CJ,  Ms. Maria Lourdes  Sereno should just ignore these children and wait for the day there need to be an accounting of those who attended the ceremony as oppose to those who participated in their civic duty for which they are required to.  If these associate justices believe in their hearts they are justified in the way they are acting which is – being foolish and petty, then let the people decide their place in history.

    • $29483279

       Yes, just leave these children alone. This fuss shouldn’t be given this undue attention and press releases.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FPVUYCML46QCAJM5N2O4GNID24 tony

    I hope CJ Sereno reduces the budget alloations of these senile sour-graping and spoiled justices! Kick them where it hurts. Failing that impeachment proceedings should be initiated against them – the charge – DERELICTION OF DUTY & INSUBORDINATION!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UEHZP52OVNUUPVT3VJNWPUGVLU Peter L

    Respect begets respect. Disrespect begets disrespect.

  • farmerpo

    It is becoming almost getting to be  ridiculous at the SUPREME COURT. The senior justices are acting like children who lost in a game of Piko.  They already have made their point in the first flag raising. Now the numbers are dwindling. I didnot know t hat ‘inggit’ can be publicly manifested up to such a level by no less than justices.  The Monday flag raising is not in any way a Sereneo rite. It is a government regulation.  It is not crucial but attending it is a show of respect not for the leader of the SC but for the flag of the republic. Are you really justices or kids deprived of lolipops?

    • ben

      Its easy for you to say that because you were not one of the Senior Justices bypassed. Common Sereno is the only appointee of Pinoy, the only one dissenter among all the justices of the Supreme Court in the Hacienda Luisita case then appointed as Chief Justice. What do you think of these two, Pnoy and Sereno? They are more than children
      thinking that they are playing the games of pico but the audience are not that stupid. They know also the games of pico.

      • angie1875

        And what to you is the game?  GMA appointee ang dapat , so that parang si Corona look alike ang ipapalit. Para May kakampi si GMA sa kaso niya.Sinira na nila ang integrity ng SC nung kay Corona, now they are self destrying themselves w/ disrespect. The President will also not respect any decision from this old pikunin justices.If they want to be respected, they should act respectful, hindi bastos.

    • nakatutok

      kamag-anak mo si farmerson aka efriend aka kapitanobyus???

  • pulis

    Baka hindi sila pinili ni Sereno na maging bag man…Lahat sila ay may hidden agenda, kaya hindi mo sila ma sisi. Ang kawawa ay ang taong bayan…Buhay Filipino talaga….

    • anton kinuton

      anong “bag man” ang pinagsasabi mo?

  • Rodonal

    As the Aquino Administration doing their things for a better beginning, the Senior Justices must realize they did nothing to preserve the image of the Supreme court to stand against impartiality during the previous administrations it is not Pnoy who to blame but their acts and stance that made themselves not a perfect figure to become a Chief Justice, the way they snub the new CJ the more they are showing they are not really deserving through their attitudes, Self interest and sour grapes is not a true essence and image of becoming a member of the highest court where flexibility and integrity is highly expected

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/QR5BLN2SJRPRXTCYPHQMB7GQSE Ed

    These so called senior justices should have the delicadeza to accept the fact that it is the president who has the prerogative to choose amongst those recommended by JBC. If you stick to the old tradition of appointing the most senior as the next chief justice.then there is ni use of having JBC screening the incoming CJ. You are sticking to your old tradition of seniority but thats not what our constitution says. You old crampy justices if you could not takeor accept  the choice of the president then I challenged you all to resign. Justices your slips are showing. Now we know what kind of justices you are. thank God there was a constitution otherwise these justices will reign the supreme court as if they are the only chosen few. Shame on you. Read the constitution.

    • indiosbravos2002

      Merit system at hndi seniority. Kaya nga sablay PNP, AFP at ibat ibang organization kasi seniority gamit nila sa pag pili ng lider. Hindi palagang tama na ang nakakatanda eh mas magalng sa bata. Its all about competemce.

    • $29483279

       Amen. tama ka ,ED

  • dynes

    hay naku! ugaling pilipino, ayaw paander kahit wala sa lugar at pataasan ng ihi!

    • Wadav

      tama ka kabayan. ganun tlaga ang buhay, di lahat ng gusto mo mapasayo! hintayin n lng ni sereno magretire ung mga seniors.. di cguro tlaga nila matanggap.. kung tuloy ang pag absent nila, paano n lng tau, can we wait till kingdom come? lalong dadami ang backlog na kaso nila! hay naku.. malaking problema to!

  • joeybg

    Mga kawatan na SC judges kaya hindi nila matanggap na na-bypass sila ni Sereno, Magtrabaho na lang kayong mga Kawatan sayang lang ang mga ibinabayad sa inyo.

  • http://twitter.com/aidsasis Adrian Asis

    The more the other justices hate Sereno, the more I like her!

    • nakatutok

      kapal ng foundation mo teh….

  • japokjackpot

    justices who cannot accept reality are psychologically incapacitated.

  • $25995786

    Buti naman di naappoint iyong Carpio et el as CJ dahil di pala gentleman kundi pikon. Mababaw ang kaisipan daapt magresign na lang.

  • MonMayuga

    This Supreme Court is fast becoming more like a Kindergarten court with more associate justices showing infantile behavior. It is good President Aquino did not appoint anyone of them.

    • dotz314

      Tumpak. Buti nga di naappoint. Mga isip bata pala.

      Mas mabuti siguro tanggalan sila ng Honorable sa kanilang mga pangalan.
      Or better still, kick them out of their posts. I do not respect people who disrespect our flag.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BAILOH47IAC7D2XUDC7AQSSIU4 Wee

    Flag ceremonies are important activities to any organizations. And they could be a practice done over the years. So, these absentee justices need to explain to the PEOPLE why they are not present. As part of their responsibility,they are expected to attend and participate well. Lets not speculate, lets press these people what is the “whats so” to them. Then we take action.

  • eirons1043

    Don’t mind their absence in the flag ceremony CJ Sereno as it is them who is loosing credibility. Basta do your job of deciding with common sense and change the rules of court that lengthened instead of shortening the trial plus the atrocious high filing fees and acceptance fees of lawyers.

  • regd

    Journalists should make it a priority to do an ambush interview on these flag-ceremony-escape-artists and inquire pointblank WHY they disrespected the flag!

  • PeteJrfern

    They can escape breeakfast and lunch with Sereno but flag ceremony has nothing to do with Sereno.  If they truly love their country, they ought to show.  Take out the car priveleges of these losers.  Let them use their own car and private drivers.  Remove the security aiedes for this Justices.

  • PeteJrfern

    Schedule a mandaroty flag ceremony for these children.  Kahit separate from the rest.  Gawin nila pagkapos nang 1st flag ceremony.  Hindi puwedeng pati flag idesrespect.

  • Mulawin

    Thid is one of the most, if not the most, ridiculous personal resentment within an organization, supreme court no less, I have ever seen. If this less-magnificent seven justices cannot accept the president’s appointment of CJ Sereno, then they should submit their resignation immediately.  Otherwise, this judicial organization will be in disarray and their job performance will be questionable. They will be held accountable to the people of this country.

    • mapicchu

       they should be reminded that bringing sereno down will redound to the whole court…kakaloka kayo ha..mga isip bata.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    Mr. Justice Carpio, I argued for you here in this forum, that is, that it would be the wisest move on the President’s part to appoint you as Chief Justice. But, “What is done is done, and can never be undone.”

    Very politely, I say that you and the other Senior Justices should be reminded that if you go on with this apparent “silent protest,” the law of diminishing returns will start working against all of you, and that ultimately it will be the Philippine Flag that all of you would be disrespecting, not the Chief Justice.  There’s a limit to how far you can insult a human being.  Beyond it, you start insulting only your selves and your positions. And finally, the people who pay your salaries.

    Thus spake the Preacher, the Son of his parents.

    • MonMayuga

      I second the opinion.

      As to respecting the flag,
      I also wish to add/repeat the words of Henry Ward Beecher who said and I quote,

      “A thoughtful mind, when it sees the nation’s flag, sees not the flag only, but the nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the nation that sets it forth.”

      This early, they have to realize this, otherwise they will lose whatever respect they may still enjoy. They have lost the chance to realize their dreams of becoming Chief Justice and by the behavior they display now they will go down in history as the sorest losers. 

      Their behavior now proves that they really do not deserved to be appointed to that high office. 

      They have shown unmistakeable proof that by bypassing them President Aquino did the right thing.

  • regd

    I’ve honored our flag my entire life and more so now. I standstill when it’s being played on ceremonies, cinemas or even on tv when Pacman fights. I have given the flag the respect it truly deserved for I know the value that it holds and the memories of those who died protecting it. 

    And these bunch of cowards do not even dare to show up?

    • dotz314

      They serve not the country but their own glory.

      Inquire into the business of decision making of these justices.I wonder if they deserve to be called honorable.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/B6HXJBUDAFGK7LUAWVG5GXG7UU ms_conservative

        even the president does not give much importance to the flag.. he even chooses to wear his yellow ribbon more than the philippine flag as a symbol in many occasions…

    • a1phantom

      How about Nonoy…did he show up in that flag ceremony???  Do

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

    Bandila ng Pilipinas, o ng ating Bayan ang itinataas sa flag-raising ceremony.  Ang talikuran ito at ipagwalang bahala ay isang kabastusan, laluna’t kung ang nasasangkot ay mga hukom.  NASASAAD BA SA JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE NA PUWEDENG BASTUSIN NG MGA HUKOM ANG ATING BANDILA?  Kahit noong nasa grade school pa lamang ako, o from my 7 years old, our teachers ipinadama na sa amin ang paggalang at allegiance to the flag.  Ngayon, kung ang mismong mga Supreme Court justices ang gagawa ng pambabastos sa ating watawat, paano silang igagalang ng mga mamamayan?   Mas magaling ang sense of responsibility, o mas higit ang natutuhan ng mga paslit sa kanilang murang gulang.   Dapat na nga kayang imulat maging sa mga paslit ang kalapastanganan sa bandila at sa bayan ang pang-i-snub ng mga hukom sa kataas-taasang hukuman sa flag raising ceremony, at hindi isang karapatang isinasaad sa judicial independence.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

    ANG MGA HUKOM PA BA NG KATAAS-TAASANG HUKUMAN ANG MGA BALAKID SA MAGANDANG KINABUKASAN NG ATING BAYAN?  SINO BA ANG MGA NAG-APPOINT SA KANILA?  KAILANGAN PA BA ANG PEOPLE POWER PARA MA-REALIZE NILANG NASA KATAAS-TAASANG HUKUMAN MAN SILA AY ANG TAONG BAYAN PA RIN ANG TOTOONG KAPANGYARIHAN.  hINDI BA NILA ALAM ‘YON, HANGGA’T HINDI SILA SINISIBAK SA KANILANG PUWESTO?  SILA AY MGA APPOINTEES LAMANG…ANG MGA NASA LEGISLATIVE AT EXECUTIVE AY HALAL NG BAYAN.

  • anu12345

    Impeach ang mga iyan kasi disrecpectful sa flag.

    • $20733759

      Huwag naman, matagal na processo yan. Just politely ask them to RESIGN in a people power fashion and hope it works.

  • boybakal

    Fewer SC justices attend LATEST FLAG RITES….

    Is this really something to talk about.
    As if the Justices who cannot attend are guilty of being  traitor.
    Hey, we are not in war, flag ceremony is a routine undertaking, rising of the flag every morning.
    But to attend and sing the Bayang Magiliw by the Justices is overkill.
    These Justices are old, they cannot get up at 6 in  the morning and be ready at flag ceremony at 7:30 am.

    On the other hand, how about the other brances of gov’t. Does Enrile preside every morning flag ceremony with all senators present.
    How about the Congressmen, are they all present in flag rasing.
    Is Pnoy the lead singer every morning in Flag rites with all the cabinet secretaries present.

    ENOUGH OF THIS NONSENSE !!!!!!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Boyba…nagpa English English ka na naman.,,’is Enrile presides’ ???  Mas maganda kung mag-Tagalog ka na lang…at least, kahit walang sense ang sinasabi mo, makarating…ngayon, kung ayaw mong inire-report ng mga diyaryio at reporters ang tungkol sa SC flag ceremony, sa kanila mo sabihin…hindi ‘yang ganyang puro kaBoybahan ang sinasabi mo.

      • boybakal

         galing mo naman sa grammar.
        Yon lang ang alam, magmasid ng grammar. hindi na uso ang grammar, ang mahalaga, your thought, your reasoning, your expression with reason.
        bukod sa grammar, maghanap ka naman ng tamang spelling yan lang kaya ng utak. tamo babaguhin ko.
        Tunggak !!!!

      • nakatutok

        MEDIOCRITY is NEVER ACCEPTABLE…..”hindi na uso ang grammar..”???…wag mo ituro yan sa anak mo….lalong BABABA ang standards ng Pnoy education!!!

  • katabay1106

     After insulting those senior justices by appointing an obviously the least qualified among them, you are asking them to cooperate? CJ Sereno knows that she is the least qualified and out of delicadeza should have refused being nominated, but she did not. Let her suffer.

    • Handiong

      Was there anything wrong, legally or constitutionally, with Sereno’s appointment as Chief Justice? Who should say whether a person is qualified to be Chief Justice or not? You? The Constitution has established a mechanism for nominating and appointing a Chief Justice. That mechanism has been properly followed. The power to appoint is vested on the President. The President has exercised that power. Deal with it. End of story.

      Sereno will suffer? No. It’s the sore losers (the senior justices who are so full of themselves) who are wallowing in their self-pity and misery. As Justice Abad has said, CJ Sereno is doing pretty well. It means that she is going her merry way, not suffering. If there is anybody who will suffer because of the childishness of the senior justices (amoy lupa na parang mga bata pa kung magmaktol), it’s the Filipino people.

      Anybody who wants to substitute his or her judgment for the President’s is out of turn. Wala kayong K, period.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Ang selection as nagdaan sa established procedures and practices…itanong niyo sa JBC kung bakit siya isinama…ibig sabihin kasama siya sa mga qualified…now the final selection rested with the appointing authority na ginawa ng gising ang lahat ng mamamayan, hindi hatinggabi.

    • regd

      Well, the egos of these flag-ceremony-escape artists was hurt so bad & so deeply hence it shows. I pity them not CJ Sereno for what harm can it do to her? She’s appointed as the head of the judiciary! Even when she was just an associate justice she stick to her principles, she would definitely & most certainly do not and will not care what is on the minds of the other losers! 

  • kawawangpinas

    How would you respect someone like Sereno who was never a judge before being elevated to the SC by PeNoy, was the most junior member of the SC, and based on her psychiatric test is borderline schizophrenic. Would you?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Talagang kawawangpinas sa mga tulad mo…gamitin mo ang utak mo (kung mayro’n) sa mga binabasa mo…nagdaan ang selection process sa established procedures…kung may problema ang mga justices na takot makita ang bandila ng Pilipinas habang pataas na nagwawagayway, dapat na nilang takbuhan ang mga position nila…alangan namang tatanggap pa sila ng suweldo at benepisyo kung sa bandila lang ng kinakawawa nilang ‘Pinas ay nangangalisag na sila.

    • chiefsiop

      mas gugustuhin ko pa ang chief justice n baliw kesa corrupt.

    • regd

      YES!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Contagious disease daw ang kabaliwan.
    Nag-iingat lang ang mga Associate Justices. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Pito pa rin ba sila…o walo na…o baka 89 na…Associate Justice ka rin ba?  Mukha yatang nahawa ka na rin, at mukhang intensyon moi pang ikalat ang mikrobyo mo sa social network

  • marivon

    A lot of crabs inside the Supreme Court of Just tiis. I thought they were there to serve the people’s interest, but now it is clear that their interest comes first.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

    Dapat eh lusubin na ng taong bayan ang Supreme Court para buhatin at itapon sa labas yang mga balasubas na justices na yan..!!! Hindi dapat konsintihin ang ganyang ugali….!!! Kung magpapatuloy yan eh asahan ninyong  lalong walang  mangyayaring pag-unlad ang ating bayan..!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LJUZANER22O5LN2DHZRA3ANPFE bernavie eviota

    making a big issue out of it..they may have their personal reasons why they were not able to attend. Villarama did not attend in 1st, and he appeared in 2nd, and he was present when Sereno took her vow, ewan ko sa writer na to..

  • ARRANCAR

    let them be, let the 7 justices show their utter disgust over cj sereno!! the justices has every right to show to the public how pnoy  totally destroy and no sense of respect over the most senior justices who is the most deserving and the most qualified  to lead the SC!! pnoy really is NUTS believing his appointment of cj sereno will bring reformation of the SC, but its the other way, divisiveness, infighting, and most of all misgiving toward each others thus more problems will surely arise in the SC in the coming days, months and years!!

    • chiefsiop

      kung alam mong corrupt ang mga justices n yan e bakit mo i aapoint. kung ano ang puno sya ang bunga. alam naman nating lahat n c gloria ang nag appoint sa mga yan. alam natin lahat pano kumita ang mga justices n yan tulad ni corona. mga boto nila for sale to the highest bidder. ganyan yumaman si corona. regalong mga condo unit.

  • a1phantom

    Question:  Does Noynoy ever attend the flag ceremony conducted by Sereno?  Does Noynoy attend a weekly flag ceremony?  Can anybody answer this?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      may isa pang walang laman ang ulo….alam mo ang sagot kung may laman ang ulo mo kahit sira…itanong moi sa mga reporter, kung bakit ang sa SC lang ang inire-report nila…pinalalabas tuloy nilang mga lapastangan sa bandila ang mga dapat nauunang nagbibigay halaga sa sagisag ng ating bansa.

    • regd

      I know how to ride a carabao.

  • http://inquirer.net unokritiko

    The main reason why they don’t attend the ceremony  is simply not loyal to the country.
    Their justice deliverance is simply related to financial gain they secreatly hiding from the public.
    The best thing for the executive branch to do is look at their SALN as a tool to discipline this corrupt magistrate.!!!!

    • spearheads

      Maski ako naman sa katayuan ng mga Justices ay di din ako aattend ng flag ceremony. Ang hirap yata kantahin yang, “Ang mamatay ng dahil sayo.” tapos nakatangin ka kay Serena? Ano siya sinuswerte?

    • repapips

      i don’t think so. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_44QGTQXFYHNVPNMX453LWBPMXM Opel

    The justice system sucks, hearing of cases takes too much time and a lot of judges and justices are corrupt and/or susceptible to influence and pressure. No adequate and satisfactory reforms have been implemented yet some people want to continue with tradition.

  • 12JEM

    You are what you eat….According to Experts.

    It has been hidden from the public that the favorite food of the Seven Heels of Padre Faura is NUTS.

     

    • spearheads

      Including Serena’s nuts?

  • spearheads

    Ilang linggo pa lang yang CJ si Serena. Di magtatagl magkaka nervous breakdown yan sa kunsume, pustahan tayo.

    • Handiong

      Dream on!

  • mekeni62

    what’s with this flag ceremony issue? stop this non-sense.

  • Alupasi

    para maalis ang hinanakit, kelangan magsagawa sila ng peace talks sa hanay ng mga justices, or else, sumpreme court is in peril, kahit magpaplastikan na sila basta may usapan na maganap, biro mo 18 years, duda rin ako sa mga senior justices kung buhay pa sila after CJ Sereno’s term even the CJ herself, huwag naman sana, he he.       

  • PeteJrfern

    My son just told me he will no longer attend school Flag Ceremonies.  Puwede naman pala, bakit yong mga 7 senior Justices?

    • $23218244

      TADO KA PALA. SIGE KAININ MO ANG TAMOD NI PARENG MIKE. AT TSUPAIN MO ANG LONGANISA NIYA. UTAK DILIS.

      • nakatutok

        nalalaman sa mga comments mo kung ano laman ng utak mo….

      • $23218244

        LAMAN NG UTAK MO AY DILIS.

      • $23218244

        LAMAN NG UTAK MO AY DILIS. BOBO.

      • nakatutok

        tingnan mo mga comments mo…..nalalaman ang IQ mo…

      • $23218244

        DAHIL ANG LAMAN NG UTAK MO AY DILIS AT TAMOD NI MIKE ARROYO.

  • Bengatibo

    Respect from peers is earned and not lightly given. If she can prove herself to be qualified for the position and her leadership is fair she will gain the respect of other associate justices. Of course there would be always resentment from others as all of the justices have lost the chance to become chief justice someday. It will be a rough and rugged road for her.and it is very lonely at the top. She will expect to be given cold shoulders all the time. 

    • $23218244

      THOSE 8 JUSTICES SHOULD BE BEHEADED AND TORTURED TO DEATH PARE. OFF WITH THEIR HEADS. AND BLEED THEM ALIVE!

  • $17531445

    How about a more charitable view on the matter  –  maybe, most of the justices, being senior citizens, I think, suffer from gout or rheumatism and can’t stand being on their feet for the duration of the ceremony, what with the pep talks that follow?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CFZ2Q7RFJ6PWRYMM3NJ7JB4KSE Dynamic

    This is what happens when they missed their old chief,it’s like a lost dog looking for his master…

  • repapips

    please stop reporting these kinds of nonsense and divisible news. napakawalang kwenta. i’m starting to think of not reading inquirer because of these nonsense articles.

  • kilabot

    if you know the boss is psychologically imbalanced, you’d probably don’t want to be seen with her. you just work quietly and try to make sure things are difficult for her hoping she’ll snap.

  • dragon27

    I was told that the truth is that no Justice usually attends the Monday flag raising in SC. They only gather during special events, when important announcements are made or special days are commemorated.

    In addition, three Justices need to be in the HRET at Quezon City every mondays.

    Media is not being forthright, or must be very ignorant, to still run this story.

  • 12JEM

    Question: Bakit ang mga baboy laging nakatungo?

    Answer: Kasi, nahihiya silang humarap dahil MUKHA SILANG BABOY.

  • Mr Blue

    Read the title of this report:
    Fewer SC justices attend latest flag rites
    Its totally nonsense report. The writer concluded that by not attending the flag rites mean the seven senior associate justices were boycotted the SC. I think Ms.Avendaño, you should improve your conclusion before posting your news report. I’m just concern about your reader. 
    Thank you.     

  • watot

    Whats the point of this column ms christine avendano? Are you gonna monitor flag ceremonies for the rest of Sereno’s term? Can you yourself reporters and journalist move on.

    • dapitan_QC

      He, he, he!  Napansin mo rin pala iyon.   Kaya I don’t easily believe in these reporters eh.   

  • Cal_Reznick

    Let’s assume that the SC justices missed this on purpose and not because they were late coz of traffic.

    When she was appointed i don’t think this was the plan with regard to uniting the SC in having them work together to progress and improve the PI. If anything, they are more apart and divided.

    • boldyak

      divide and rule….king Pinoy rocks…

  • Alajero

    …the SC justices need not be friendly to the new chief…as long as she does her job…RESPECT is earned…not appointed…the good justices have good reasons to be resentful….

    • vokkin

      Friendly is a basic character trait of good people. Resentment because they were passed and the seniority tradition was not followed tell you something about their true character.

      • Alajero

        …how can you be friendly…when AQUINO did not show any respect to the seniority…and there is no clear justification for her appointment…other than she was an earlier appointee of AQUINO..i guess the relationship will be civil…but, not friendly…

      • vokkin

        Exactly my point. You mean it is disrespectful because PNoy didn’t choose the next in line in seniority. Thats so lame. Do you know why he chose Sereno?

        Civil or not, friendly or not, whatever their reaction is defines their character.

      • Alajero

        …”I would put more my faith in what the majority of the CBCP holds true…” this to me implies loosely a “surrender of faith” to the “infallibility” of the majority…i would prefer an argument (of course, it just me) that is made in the context of “prevalent poverty and lack of understanding re: responsible parenting” due to the escalating population growth in the phils which is now 1/3 the population of US…

  • yatot

    And now, SC was reduced to a chaotic branch of the government hand made by Aquino.

    Pitiful pinoys

    • magiting78

      This I was saying…Sereno’s appointment would become Pnoy disadvantage…Instead of unity it created faction between justices…and Sereno became useless

  • pikloy

    Those justices are not patriotic as most Pinoys, They are not entitled to be address as” honorable ” or ” Your Honor”. If they don’t like the CJ Sereno, a courtesy resignation is appropriate for the sake of the Philippine Justice System and our Country.

  • Kristoffer Atienza

    “…found herself with a dwindling number of supporters among her colleagues”? Inquirer, aren’t you supposed to report and not conclude anything? I didn’t ready anything that would support that sentence. Chismis na kayo Inquirer?

  • Andre Mitchell

    Were they really protesting against the new CJ?
    Or was this just imperious laziness?
    Pride and ego becomes more important than duty?
    Is this any indication why the Phil justice system is sooo slow?

    I know that there are a lot of respectable judges doing good.
    But these higher up justices are really setting bad precedents.
    A culture of impunity.

  • $16256071

    Of all nominees, it was only AJ Carpio who mentioned during the JBC Panel interview that the first 3 years was a sort of adjustment time for him in the Supreme Court (regardless of AJ Peralta receiving that advice and in fact confirmed same). Our new Chief Justice has been in the Supreme Court for less than the 3 years!  AJ Carpio’s “natural” ambition appeared then to have put his machismo and character in a “bad light”, to put it mildly.  Reform is a long-term undertaking and continuity is the key.

    It’s now time for the senior AJs to toe the line, otherwise resign. 

  • Jun Go

    mag retire na yang mga “senior” justices na yan!  di naman senior ang pag-iisip, kundi “junior” or “bonjing” ang asal.  di matanggap ang pag-katalo sa appointment.

    why follow a “traditional” that will not produce anything good.  im not saying sereno is the best, but the fact that she was part of the shortlist and the president appointed her in broad daylight and not 12midnight, so what’s wrong?  is it because of some negative “perceptions”?

    yan ang masama din sa iba, di pa kumikilos, nahusgahan na.  eh wala namang perketong tao, kahit sino pa sya.  ang mahalaga kung binigyan ka ng tiwala sa isang trabaho gampanan mo sa sinsaad at inaasahan.  kung palpak dun gawin ang nararapat na alternatibo.

    • magiting78

      Mali ka dun brod…hindi junior pag iisip nila actually pang senior citizen n…nag uulyanin n mga yan…lol!

  • boybakal

    The Supreme Court Justices are there to interpret laws and expounds legislative enactments and to examine courts decision if it is accordance to the Constitution.
    They are there not to attend Flag Ceremony at 7:30 am everyday.

    • indiosbravos2002

      Rusty na utak mo bakalboys. E di yong janitor pwede na rin lumiban sa flag ceremony. Kasi tagalinis lang naman sila. Kung lahat pinapaatend dapat lahat umattend. Nakakahiya na mga lider ng judiciary di sumisipot sa flag raising.
      Ang mga justices matalino sana kaso ang baba ng EQ.

      • magiting78

        Bakit ba?….Eh matatanda n mga yun may Rayuma n hnd n makatayo ng matagal..Pwd bang umattend n nka Wheelchair…lol!

      • boybakal

         Ikaw ba umaattend pa ng flag ceremony. akala mo kung sino itong patriotic.
        alam ko umatend ka lang ng flag ceremony nong grade one ka, tapos ang dami mo ng absent.
        akala mo sino itong makabayan, kupal.

      • indiosbravos2002

        Hahaha. Patriotic talaga ako, bakal boys.. Pero walang flag raising ceremony samin eh.

        Boybakal=bakal boy; male prostitute=bakal boy; therefore boybakal=pokpok ng bading

    • regd

      And the other justices who attended simply did it for what?

  • rauloreto

    those ignoring justices are only showing their immaturity.  if they can’t accept the process, then they should at the most, interpret what the law says. they are there anyway to read and analyze if the law was rightfully followed, if they can’t submit to it then there is danger n their decisions in interpreting the cases being sent to their desks. what a pity to the taxpaying public who are paying their salaries.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UEHZP52OVNUUPVT3VJNWPUGVLU Peter L

    Karma???

  • elmersvd

    It’s alright if they don’t attend the Flag Ceremony, what is important is that all justices are present during deliberations, that’s their job! 

    • regd

      And they do a good job of flip-flopping! 
      No wonder this flag ceremony issue doesn’t die down, because these justices are so emotionally disturb and it shows! You can’t expect them to dispense justice fairly when they are so dis-organised don’t they?

  • oraman

    ano ba naman ang balitang ito…iniintriga nyo ba ang SC tama na yan…CJ na si Sereno…pabayaan nyo na SC… Ano ba motibo ng reporter na ito…. ginugulo mo lang ang SC…

  • indiosbravos2002

    You can see all the bad things in the judiciary by just looking at the leaders. Senior justices daw pero napakairrespnsable. These justices just dont get it. Corona is gone, Carpio was not chosen — in the first place who gav him the idea he will be chosen, f@ckin fool, Sereno is now in charge. Move on and live with it or better resign para mabawasan galamay ni GMA

  • Line Of Flight

     i’m disturbed by the fact that any justices are regularly attending flag raising events.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1788521635 Antonio S Ortega

    wow its nice to hear about that the Supreme Court Chief is leading on Monday Flag Raising. Its leadership by example and management by objectives. Check kung sino palagi late at absent.

  • Jamm3r

    to justice carpio and other senior citizen in supreme court : don’t expect too much.

    sino nga ba kasi ang nagpa-uso niyang seniority? totoo nga yata yung kasabihan na ang taong tumatanda nagiging sensitive. tignan n’yo yung mga senior citizen sa supreme court sa pangunguna ni carpio puro balat sibuyas hindi lang napili ayaw nang mag flag ceremony.

    • magiting78

      Bakit ba?…Hindi naman talaga sila umaattend ah…hnd nga nila kabisado Lupang Hinirang…yung isa nga tinanong ano Pambansang awit sagot: Bayang Magiliw…Lol!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DMQA5JDNNAY3CTREKDGKPNQD6A ronie

    tama dapat tanggalin na yan psychological exam para naman yung judge na hindi napasama sa candidates para sa cj last time dahil kumu consulta sa dwende next time ay makakasama na.

  • ApoNiLolo

    … and then there were five. >: D

  • regd

    This issue will still not balance the equation.There are still 11 stubborn gma-appointed justices out of 14. Exactly why they do not even bother to respect the flag of the nation in the institution they sworn to uphold!

    Why should they care, they have the numbers!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Of the 7 justices absent in the first flag raising ceremony,
    6 of them were absent again for the 2nd time as Justice Villarama was present. 
    However, Justices Perez and Bernabe were absent today.

    Thank you Inquirer for keeping us posted of their flag-raising ceremony attendance.

    Those twice absentees, do you still deserve to be in your position?
    Naturingan pa naman kayong senior justices?
    Karamihan sa inyo na nominate pang Chief Justice?

    • pabloo6293

      Sourgraping lang ang mga yan. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FUXGOANEQ3CEIHMM6QEV5BHL7E Gideon

    Yung nga problema sa atin mga pinoy…puro tradition na lng….paano tayo makabangon kung ganon pa rin ang mga nasa isip natin dahil sa tradition na yan…sana tanggapin bagohin natin ang ating mga pananaw sa ating bansa…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FUXGOANEQ3CEIHMM6QEV5BHL7E Gideon

    Isang tanong
    dito…baka naman ang mga hindi sumisipot sa flag ceremony ay dati na nila itong ginagawa?

  • andrew lim

    Pag hindi pumasok yan at nag trabaho,
    Wholesale impeachment! ha ha ha ha

  • 12JEM

    Pride that dines on vanity sups on contempt….A saying

    Kahiyaan na talaga….Di na a-attend ang 7 Heels of Padre Faura sa Flag Ceremony ng SC.

    As if may Hiya Sila….
     

    • marionics

      that’s from benjamin franklin

  • 12JEM

    Natatandaan ko na ngayon….during the interview,
                                               sina Brion and Carpio
                                                may mga ngiting ASO

  • RiverHorse

    may speech ba ang chief justice twing flag ceremony? tanggalin na lang yung speech para lahat um-attend kung ganun. kung tinanggal na at wala pa ring umattend, ano naman ang issue sa nde pag attend ng flag ceremony? baka naman kasi sobrang aga rin.

  • Edward Castro

    kala nila si sereno ang napapahiya pag di sila umaattend ng flag ceremony.  alam naman natin kanino loyalty nila di ba?  sa constitution ba o sa nag appoint sa kanila…?

    • indiosbravos2002

      Agree. Yong mga senior justices ang kahiya hiya. Ang tatanda na, asal bata pa rin Mga bussettt! Ugaling GMA kasi.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZKPNHSPBMK74VZ3GBIPNTJA7KE Edwin

    mas maganda yung may pro at anti sa SC para wag ma-spoil ng malakanyang

  • jorge cruz

    The men in robes and an associates women are acting like a child? An  elusive Justice desired by all the citizenry become more elusive than before, In Government offices the Chief has the right to suspend , reprimand, disciplined a subordinate one. Maybe a C.J has none? Thats why.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1729556320 Sean Ang

      maybe they think that sereno is not qualified for the job.  she was actually ranked below the top 5 on the jbc list.  this is definitely biased on noynoy’s decision.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/QQCJWUMSCNZWQCUD3GDU5MWXFY Eron

        Stupidity killed the cat. If the bucket stopped at JBC, then they would have no need of the president’s choice. 
        Tanong: Tanga ka ba?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/F5EBPVCRRVWH2VOKDROYZ24F24 Botong

    Nakakahiya ang mga Justices natin… 

  • Francis81

    Kawawa naman tong si Sereno, tinaasan na ng psychiatrist niya ang dosage ng maintenance niya. Ngayon ostracize siya sa SC, naku masakit to para sa kanya.  Walang taong gustong ma rejects ng kapwa niya.  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QQCJWUMSCNZWQCUD3GDU5MWXFY Eron

      Hahaha. Dream on. If people who are going to reject you are these pathetic judges, welcome!

  • dikoy321

    View from Germany:

    One thing is clear, if CJ Maria Lourdes Sereno fails in her target to REFORM the Judiciary, blame rests squarely upon the big number of justices who could be CROOKS in robes, or?

    GO GO GO CJ Sereno!  The majority of Filipinos are behind you in your desire to REFORM the Judiciary!

    Let’s PUSH for REFORMS!

    Forward PHILIPPINES !!!

    ….

    • TuwadNaDaan

      Her mental status is highly questionable like me …Noynoying mentality jejejeje….!

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    • orlyrondo

      Ano bang reform ang sinasabi mo eh kaya nagging chief justice yan eh dahil gusto niyang bayad sa hacienda luisita eh bilyones. Wala ng ibang dahilan Kasi di pa nga naging judge tapes chief justice pa.,

    • pinakatagotago

      if you claim to be a leader and nobody followed your lead then where is leadership in that?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/QQCJWUMSCNZWQCUD3GDU5MWXFY Eron

        MIGHT BE YOUR FOLLOWERS ARE TOO STUPID TO SEE YOUR WORTH. 

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    Never been a Judge…and low psych exam score?  What would you make of it?
    It seems that some of the most valid qualifications were ignored just to accomodate her…
    Hahahahaha!

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XY4AW6ZJBAPIJ33L7KX6M3IOQI c

       late ka na, pekeng jose rizal! sa presinto mo na dalhin yan reklamo mo. puro ka complaints! kapal mo, you’re impersonating the national hero.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QQCJWUMSCNZWQCUD3GDU5MWXFY Eron

      But I’d take her any day if the other choices are these sore losers who are showing their true, despicable colours. If she had low psych exam scores, what would you say about these others who are already shamelessly displaying their pathetic behaviour? That doesn’t even need an exam. But maybe you do.

  • Viktorio Ungasis Coronel

    Nag flaflag ceremony naman daw pag gising tuwing umaga. :D

    • indiosbravos2002

      Matanda na mga yan pre. Kelangan viagra para magflag ceremny sa umaga.

  • pinoy63

    dapat iimpeach din yang mga justices na yan. isip bata, sila pala tong low ang IQ

    • indiosbravos2002

      I think more sa EQ problema ng mga yan. OR ang tatamad lang gumising.

  • pinoy63

    go go CJ SERENO GO!!!! nasa likod mo ang taong bayan!!!!

  • j1u2a3n

    These sore losers should be disciplined. Sayang, bilib pa naman ako kay Carpio; pero sa pinapakita n’ya, tama lang na si Sereno ang naging Chief Justice. 

  • $23218244

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S5XUATIBTIKC46HFFV7IDJAARY Ed

    Carpio was my guy. Until he acted like a child like the rest of the senior justices. The JBC selection and Noynoy power of appointment are all above board and very constitutional. And here they come. Hindi sila mga sports. Nakakatakot na ganito pala ang kalibre ng mga justices natin. I see a Corona in each of them. All of them are emotionally unstable anc acted very unprofessional. Dapat pala tinanggal na sila lahat. Pero andyan na kayo so please please lang act like an adult!

    • indiosbravos2002

      Low EQ ang mga senior justices. Ang taas ng ihi pero pikon. Akala mo kung sinng magagsling. Eh puro GMA appointees naman. Baka pinili lang kasi pwedeng gamitin ni GMA.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S5XUATIBTIKC46HFFV7IDJAARY Ed

    Had these senior justices attended the flag ceremony and openly supported Sereno i would have higher respect for them than that of Sereno. Now its the other way around. These justices have ruined their names and will bring their embarrassing moment to their graves.

    • orlyrondo

      Kayo namang mga kakampi ni sereno, bulag kayo sa nagdudumilat na katotohanan na ang appointment Niya ay dahlia kakampi Siya ni noynoy sa hacienda Lusitania. Hindi pa nga nagging judge tapos maging chief justice! Pag sa iyo nangyari, di ba sasama rin ang loob mo?di ba eto rin ang réclame noon sa militar na ang promotion ay favoritism o palakasan? Tapos ngayon jinajustify pa niño! Along mangyayari sa atin society pag puro palakasan na Lang, di maligning SIPSIP na tayong lahat para mapromote!

      • indiosbravos2002

        She went through the process along with the other Senior justices. She got picked, they werent. Why the sour graping? Its not fsvoritism or palakasan. Afterall, the constitution says the president is the appointng and choosing authority. If you have issues, file an impeachment cmplant. Hahahahahaha.

      • AntiAko

        of course it is about favoritism! for why would sereno be appointed Cj if she is not the favorite of the president? remember, wala siya sa top ng listahan pero siya pa rin ang pinili ni PNoy.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/QQCJWUMSCNZWQCUD3GDU5MWXFY Eron

        Ito na naman. Wala ka kasing sariling bait kaya di mo kayang magtiwala sa kakayahan ng iba. Sabihin na nating di sila sang-ayon sa desisyon ng presidente, tama ba ang hindi pagdalo sa flag cem? Yan lang naman ang issue.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    now makikita kayo ang walang galang (Kayong mga huwes na ausente sa flag ceremony) compared to some religionist who stands at attention during flag ceremonies without saluting the flag and not putting their right hand beneath their hearts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/simon.anyarf Anyarf Simon

    it is their personal right to display their displeasure to the palace decision of chosing the less competent candidate we are a democratic country. they never abandoned their work..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

       to the extent of not respecting the flag

      • indiosbravos2002

        Agree. Good leadership means being good example to the Sc staff.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

       why not vacate the post for displeasure….that’s easy than making it hard for the new chief justice….

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

       who says she is less competent? they are!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/S5XUATIBTIKC46HFFV7IDJAARY Ed

      Displeasure. They have submitted themselves to the decision of the JBC and then to the president as mandated by law. Of course they would feel displeasure, but publicly announcing it in the form of not atttending official flag ceremony is  very unbecoming. Judges – and justices at that – are expected to act with honor. I wont teach this kind of behavior to my kids. Now i wonder how they can objectively decide matters.

      • orlyrondo

        Sa I mo Lang yan dahil kampi ka ni sereno. Ikaw nga senior justice tapos ang boss mo eh di pa nagging judge, payag ka? Baka pag sa Ito nangyari yan eh tinawag mo na lahat ang civil society group at protesta na na an kayo!

      • indiosbravos2002

        Dude, ang requirement lang ng JBC eh maging lawyer ka. Wala naman sinabi sa konstitution na dapat naging judge ka para maging CJ. At wala naman say yang senior justices na yan kasi di naman sila pwedeng pumili ng CJ. Ang presidente lang pwedeng gumawa non.
        Si Carpio asal bata. Lake siguro tawa ni Corona sabay ngarat.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/QQCJWUMSCNZWQCUD3GDU5MWXFY Eron

        Sabi mo lang din yan kase di ka kampi kay Sereno. Use arguments that couldn’t be used against you. Use your head.

      • victorts

        The flag ceremony is unnecessary to start a day’s work.  That’s overhyping the flag.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QQCJWUMSCNZWQCUD3GDU5MWXFY Eron

      Attending the flag ceremony is part of their job. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4C2SFYIH52Y2KR7QPZPHJO2XQQ sl1

    If they can’t accept the new chief justice it is better for them to resign, they wanted the new cj to be an insider but now that it was selected they are acting differently! What kind of justices mentality you have?

  • orlyrondo

    Among sinasabi ni escudero na it’s over? There will be continuing friction because that long established and respected tradition of appointing which was by seniority was set aside. Remember, even in the military setting aside seniority had caused dissension! So where is trillanes now? Even if the president has the prerogative to appoint, he should consider a fair procedure and not pala kastan! Imagine,a person never been a judge sitting as head of the supreme court! Saan ka pa! Only in the philippines indeed!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QQCJWUMSCNZWQCUD3GDU5MWXFY Eron

      Remember that this is the same case for Corona and Carpio. These judges are full of hubris. I hope they don’t show up for the flagcem for the rest of their lives. They only show who they really are.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NJPOSROVP3I57NLT3PTER24UGQ Risa Christine

    for 18 years Sereno would be the Chief Justice, tsk tsk that is too long,,,kaya wala ng pag asa yung nga senior justices to become CJ.

  • scusi777

    There is no point to appoint senior SC associate justices.

    The writer’s rue about bypassing other justices was not an issue when corona was appointed.

  • pinakatagotago

    naalala ko pa sabi ni CJ sereno sa una nyang speech sa SC grounds, wag daw muna intindihin ang chismis.

    pero ang mga supporters nya dito sa thread eh numero uno sa pagka konsumedor sa chismis. 

    hayaan na lang muna natin di ba. di naman ibig sabihin nun na dahil di sila umattend sa flag ceremony eh animosity na agad? di ba pedeng tamad-tamaran mode lang muna sila?

    tingnan na lang natin sa mga paparating na hatol ng en banc. dun natin makita kung ang basa ba sa batas ni cj ay may trending sa mayorya or nasa dissenting op. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QQCJWUMSCNZWQCUD3GDU5MWXFY Eron

      Pwede rin yang sinasabi mong “tamad-tamaran” kung tanga-tangahan ka lang din.

      • pinakatagotago

        that can be said to you too, Eron. for your thought’s worth, i just shrug at it.

    • joshmale2004

      You are missing the issue here. We are not defending CJ Sereno nor supportors of the CJ. What we despise is the blatant disrespect of our Justices of the Philippine Flag, a symbol of our country. This disrespect is being done by personalities tasked to defend and uphold our Constiution.

      • pinakatagotago

        by the use of the pronoun “we” ibig sabihin isa ka sa supporters ni cj sereno na mahilig sa chismis? that’s how i framed my initial statement.

        anyways, you are perhaps over romanticizing your nationalistic fervor through the flag. i know respect, OK. and i know philippine flag and how it was thought during our elementary years it’s symbolism and significance. you take that too strong an emotion you have for the flag but don’t overstretch it at the mundane flag ceremony. it’s just a flag ceremony. if it meant so much for the cj, she could have ordered a memo compelling everyone to attend. if they defied it still, then draw whatever conclusion that suits you. but for now, OA lang ang reactions ng mga tao.

  • wawa2172

    Its over and the bunso now the boss at SC, so kuya and ate you must behave. Nonetheless, again its not about attendance in the flag ceremony that matter most in the SC but the work efficiency and quality of hearing and decision that will judge the SC. The leadership at SC will not be destroyed by those senior justices who did  not make it as the CJ but rather would have to work doubly hard en banc to resolve cases heard at the chamber. The media should let go of Sereno and company as far as attendance in flag ceremony as well as not able to have  breakfast, lunch and dinner together. Let the SC be judge by the people, if Sereno not able to exact reform in the judiciary then perhaps all of the justices and the CJ herself should resign kasa sayang taxes nang taong bayan.

  • BOSSlot

    These justices should show some sort of professionalism…the entire nation and its people are expecting a lot from them, if they cant swallow the present situation, if they cant look eye to eye with the new chief justice, then they are free to leave if they wish. many innocent accused languishing in jails for years..some of them spent most of their sentence only to find out that they are innocent. how many cases pending in our courts today for years and the accused,though innocent cant get their freedom, some if not most of them are dying of sickness. These justices must think of that than thinking of themselves.

  • joshmale2004

    Vanity is not a virtue. If these Senior Justices especially the nominated ones are boycotting by purpose the flag ceremony led by CJ Sereno. Let us thank God that none of them was appointed as CJ. They are supposed to show utmost professionalism among other professions as they are justices upholding the law. What they are showing right now is a sign of immaturity which does not qualify all of them to be the Chief Justice. Their action does not slap at all CJ Sereno as they are putting to shame the Flag of the Republic of the Philippines and our country at most. As public servants, they should put their vanity on the side and lead by example to their staff and constituents. Shame on all of them.

  • Batz61

    BIG DEAL! So what if those “pikon” justices don’t attend the flag raising ceremonies? Will that change the decision? Will their behavior make the courts better? Will it take away the expertise and integrity of CJ Sereno? Certainly not! This behavior of the justices only show the poor and inferior stuff they’re made of. No wonder they weren’t selected. No wonder, they have not become Chief Justice. They don’t deserve to have been appointed for the post. Mga PIKON.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Dapat na ata ng early retirement yong mga senior justices. Abay mukhang di na magising sa umaga. Dapat nang papahingahin. Flag raising lang di pa umabot. Kakabastos naman sa watawat ng bansa.

  • indiosbravos2002

    BRILLIANT decision by PNOY not to apoint any of the 7 senior justices to be the new CJ. They obviously do NOT DESERVE the POST.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Here’s the deal on this.  Government has made it official that every government employees need to be present during flag ceremony repeated in government offices around the country.  We did not have this ritual in the 50’s but some bleeding trying hard politicians like Marcos even ordered theater goers to stand up on the last show hours when the Philippine anthem is played?  Following that, came more nationalism on some politicians requiring flag raising ceremony rituals perform each morning.

    Having said that, with these justices continuing on their bellicose attitude, what will stop others not to attend as well citing if supreme court justices can get away with not attending, why shouldn’t they?  You see, in our society, we look up at our roles to spring our own good or bad.  You can deduce what kind of roles these justices are currently leaving to the youths.

    • joshmale2004

      Flag ceremony is not a ritual. It is a show of allegiance in a form of song or anthem showing loyalty to our country. Whether there is a law to attend or not, it is our individual duty as citizens to pledge our allegiance to our homeland. I am not in Government service but since I was a child, I pause and sing every time I hear or pass by a flag ceremony. This allegiance I got from my parents also. If these justices do not attend their flag ceremony, this should not be used as excuse by us as ordinary citizen. If they don’t sing allegiance to our homeland, I won’t stop doing my personal allegiance.

      • Hey_Dudes

         Last time I visited Webster and Thesaurus, the word ritual is still defined for what it is – a rite or ceremony which flag raising is or among many?  Like you, whenever the color is paraded whether back home or in this country I now call home, everyone is expected to show respect.  This is not exclusive to you.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QQCJWUMSCNZWQCUD3GDU5MWXFY Eron

    Hoy, tuwing lunes lang ang flag cem. at kasama sa trabaho nila ang pag-attend. Wag kang makialam sa usapan dahil wala kang alam.

    • joshmale2004

      Kaya nga once a week na nga lang di pa sila maka attend. Tapos may ambisyon pa silang maging Chief Justice. Buti pa mag resign na lang sila para mapalitan na ng younger generations pwesto nila. Baka sakaling mapabilis ang clean up ng justice system natin.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QQCJWUMSCNZWQCUD3GDU5MWXFY Eron

    True.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QQCJWUMSCNZWQCUD3GDU5MWXFY Eron

    Well then, he’s just showing what he’s made of. No one wants a leader who can be bullied by the majority, which is most of the wrong. Maybe you do. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QQCJWUMSCNZWQCUD3GDU5MWXFY Eron

    Not attending the flag cem is not disrespecting the CJ, it is disrespecting the flag which is the symbol of the country whose Constitution they have sworn to uphold.

    • joshmale2004

      I agree. See also my comment below.

  • joshmale2004

    You are missing the issue here. We are not defending CJ Sereno nor supportors of the CJ. What we despise is the blatant disrespect by our Justices of the Philippine Flag, a symbol of our country. This disrespect is being done by personalities tasked to defend and uphold our Constitution. These acts further justified our President’s decision to appoint a younger Chief Justice above the Senior Ones.

    • hatecorrupt

      i strongly agree with you! they still have the gloria-corona fever. lol, lol,lol,….they cant simply accept the reality….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7Z4GFNWHQGVPSYTWW3M2YLJNRM mich

    Sereno, who had never become a judge before President Aquino appointed her to serve on the Supreme Court in 2010 – This says it all!! 
    This is like a person being made to fly a plane without being trained as a pilot.. SMH

    • Hey_Dudes

       Tell me professor Einstein.  Was Renato C. Corona ever a municipal, regional, provincial, appeals etc. etc. judge before he got appointed by Mekeni queen from Lubao to be head of the supreme court?  This says it all?  of what of your slip showing?

  • fernan107

    Di matanggap ng 7 justices ang pagka appoint ni sereno na maging CJ dapat magresign na sila para bigyan daan naman ang mga sumunod na henerasyon na maging justices ng SC Baka may magawa sila para sa pagbabago ng bayan…mag give way na Lang sila para sa bayan dahil matatanda na sila..

  • Hey_Dudes

    If only these childish associate justices were matured enough to have protected themselves being at the end of brickbats from critics, at best, if their disdain is only towards newest CJ Maria Lourdes Sereno being center of their anguish, they should have at least gathered themselves  near the vicinity of the flag ceremony and therefore officially in attendance.  I don’t think they were required to stay besides  Maria Lourdes Sereno just to participate in their civic duty are they?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OJWHBJLMWPTRUOZMN6JOMHLO2A Banana Na

    they are the same Pnoy and GMA, they appointed their own peoples in the selection of SC CHIEF…ano ang pinagka-iba…GMA appointed ay LALAKE, PNOY appointed BABAE….haaaa

  • pasaway008ako

    lahat ng associate justices na hindi sumali sa flag raising ceremony ay dapat na mag-resign, nakakahiya kayo diyan!!! 

    • kapalkupal

       yung tinatago mong sikreto unti-unting lumalabas. pumino ka ng konti

  • Philcruz

    It is good they don’t huddle together like in the past. They are not supposed to be too chummy with each other. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S4KYA6DLKYQKOCXPKI5SUWWI74 nito

    These old justices are just jealous of CJ Sereno. If they are unhappy they should just retire.

  • boybakal

    Bakit pa ba pinagpipilitan nitong Inquirer na ibalita tong mga Justices na di umaattend ng flag ceremony.
    Ano yan mga bata.
    Sasagutin ko na kayo para matigil na….Kaya di sila umaattend ng flag ceremony bukod sa di makagising ng maaga ay di na nila alam kantahin ang BAYANG MAGILIW, limot na nila ang mga lyrics.
    Pati na rin ang PANATANG MAKABAYAN di na nila masaulo.
    Baka makasuhan sila ng Rep. ACT no.R.A. 8491 – National Commission for Culture and the Arts na gayan ni Martin Nievera na mali ang pagkanta ng Bayang Magiliw sa laban ni Pacquiao.
    Seguro naman….tama na reason na ito.

    • Jamm3r

      brod, Lupang Hinirang ang title hindi Bayang Magiliw :) peace

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/TBH6TYEASRY3LFRXFHGOJ6CE5Y FortCity

      ha ha ha ha…tama ka boybakal. di nga alam kantahin ang Lupang Hinirang na Pambansang Awit natin pati na ang Panatang Makabayan…wag na sila pilitin na pakantahin sa flag ceremony, nag-li-lipsing lang mga yan.

  • vokkin

    Most of the justices resent Sereno because they were passed up for the CJ position. The seniority tradition was not followed. Now they are showing their true colors. The color that lacks character.

    • kapalkupal

       vokkin kelangan mong mag rexona, panghi ng amoy mo lalo pag pinawisan.

      • vokkin

        By your name and your comment, you have already revealed your character. You are uneducated, have no breeding and have very low self-esteem. Sorry for what happened to you during your younger years. I hope you find someone who can love you and reverse your insecurities.

      • kapalkupal

         tinablan ka ba? ngayon alam mo na kung bakit ka iniiwasan. amoy bumbay ka. di pa huli ang lahat. tawas amg katapat.

      • vokkin

        Add racist to your list of character flaws. Hindi ako tataban nyan. I’m not as immature as you.

      • kapalkupal

         tanong mo sa ate mo magkano singil nya pag stag party. sayaw lang. pero kung may game tanong mo din kung magkano all the way

      • vokkin

        Really? You are exposing your limited brain capacity.

      • kapalkupal

         sa mystique pa din ba sya o free lancer na? misis mo ba pwede pa sumideline.
        pag mahina pasada mo ng tricycle baka pwede umextra misis mo

      • vokkin

        Sensya na ha, kakapagod mag-reply sa yo. Seriously, you should get help. Tawag sa sakit mo – pervert. Punta kang Google, hanapin mo kung ano ibig sabihin.

      • kapalkupal

         sabihin mo sa nanay mo lunes na lang kami magkikita

  • nakatutok

    ..batang isip….tulad nung nasa profile pic ko….

    • kapalkupal

       tawag ka ng nanay mo may sasabihin daw sayo

      • nakatutok

        sinabi na niya…ikaw daw yung dating nag-apply na driver dito sa amin kaso bagsak sa neuro exam kaya di tinanggap…

      • kapalkupal

         tok pag sinupsop mo ako tanggalin mo pustiso mo ha. para walang sabit

      • nakatutok

        refer kita kay VONNIK….at dapat dalawang blue na gamot inumin mo…

  • nakatutok

    siyempre MASAMANG MASAMA LOOB ni Carpio…….pagkatapos niyang MAGSIPSIP ng TODO TODO, pati na ng pinsan niyang Ombudsman ( during the impeachment trial )..e hindi pala siya pipiliin????…..beelaatt!!!!

    • kapalkupal

       oras na para sa gamot mong akineton. bwahahahahahaa

      • nakatutok

        Carpio ikaw ba yan??? ganyan talaga pag AHAS ka..makakatagpo ka din ng kapwa mo AHAS…

      • kapalkupal

         tok sabi ng nanay mo bading ka daw pero ayaw mong aminin. sinusuot mo daw bra nya pag walang tao sa bahay nyo.

      • nakatutok

        kups bibili ka daw ng blue na gamot?? doblehin mo para tumirik naman yang alaga mo..hindi yung pang-ihi na lang ang gamit niyan

  • Taiko_Kauna

    inquirer should publish their faces too everytime they absented from the flag ceremony.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/TBH6TYEASRY3LFRXFHGOJ6CE5Y FortCity

    We cannot depend on these SC justices. If a simple activity can be ignored, how much more important issues? C’mon be professionals and do not cry over spilled milk!

  • boybakal

    Lupang Hinirang

    Bayang Magiliw
    Perlas ng Silanganan,
    Alab ng puso
    Sa dibdib mo’y buhay. Lupang hinirang,
    Duyan ka ng magiting,
    Sa manlulupig,
    ‘Di ka pasisiil. Sa dagat at bundok,
    Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw,
    May dilag ang tula at awit
    Sa paglayang minamahal. Ang kislap ng watawat mo’y
    Tagumpay na nagniningning,
    Ang bituin at araw niya
    Kailan pa ma’y ‘di magdidilim. Lupa ng araw, ng luwalhati’t pagsinta,
    Buhay ay langit sa piling mo;
    Aming ligaya, na ‘pag may mang-aapi
    Ang mamatay nang dahil sa ‘yo.

  • boybakal

    Panatang MakabayanOriginal:

    “Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas.
    Ito ang aking lupang sinilangan.
    Ito ang tahanan ng aking lahi.
    Ako’y kanyang kinukupkuop at tinutulungan
    upang maging malakas, maligaya, at kapakipakinabang.

    Bilang ganti, diringgin ko ang payo ng aking mga magulang.
    Susundin ko ang mga tuntunin ng aking paaralan.
    Tutuparin ko ang mga tungkulin ng isang mamamayang makabayan at masunurin sa batas.

    Paglilingkuran ko ang aking bayan
    nang walang pag-iimbot at nang buong katapatan.
    Sisikapin kong maging isang tunay na Pilipino
    Sa isip, sa salita, at sa gawa.”

  • $29483279

    When GMA broke the tradition by illegally & contoversially appointing a midnight appointee ex-CJ Corona,  most of the justices silently accepted the said appointment.

    Why the fuss this time for a legally processed appointment of Chief Justice Sereno?

  • $29483279

    Ang ipinakikitang nakakahiyang ugali ng mga matatandang mga justices na ito ng Supreme Court ay walang iniwan sa ugali ng mga makakaliwang unionista.

    Nakakahiya kayo.

  • AmpJr

    It shows you how the justices will vote on issues… divided by self interest…..Now do you think na itong mga hindi napiling CJ na justices will be righteous??Papaano na kung tama ang decision ni Sereno at ayaw nila????.Kawawa naman ang bayang pilipino….para silang mga bata na kung hindi masunod ang gusto nagboboycott…The supreme court should be revamp and let those sincere to serve the people stay ..There is a reason why Pnoy selected Sereno…..The older SC justices are showing immaturity o tumatandang paurong??o nagiging senile at maramdamin??..they should respect the President’s decision..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJSFSCGADCGH7UDOXQVHX6LLZ4 Beth

    Wala talagang pakundangan ang taong yan nungkang mapahiya ang maraming tao basta masabi lang nya ang saloobin nya.

    Kawawang mga taga BI wala silang kamalay-malay na ang kanilang inimbitahan ay siya pa kakatay sa kanila.

    Next time kung sino man ang mag-imbita sa kanya ay isipin munang maigi at baka sa susunod kayo naman ang ipahiya nya.

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