Sereno rebuffed on bid to reopen regional court administration office



Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court has revoked the November 27 resolution issued by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno allowing the reopening of the Regional Court Administration Office (RCAO).

During Tuesday’s deliberation, court insiders said the justices wanted a conduct of a thorough study first before the RCAO is opened again.

In 2008, the high court, through then Chief Justice Reynato Puno conducted a pilot test for the RCAO. The RCAO project aims to decentralize the functions of the Office of the Court Administrator to facilitate judicial operations in major regions of the country. The pilot testing failed and the plan was eventually shelved.

Last week, Senior Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro wrote a memorandum addressed to Sereno telling her to withdraw the Nov. 27 resolution saying it does not reflect the objections raised by the Court.

In her memorandum, De Castro noted the objections raised by the justices which includes the fact that the “Chief Justice has no authority to create the Judiciary Decentralized Office which under the Administrative Order shall take full responsibility over the RCAO in Region 7 which was reopened without Court en banc approval on Nov. 27, 2012.”

Taking note of the justices’ objections, De Castro said “the Chief Justice cannot deprive the high court of its constitutional duty to exercise administrative supervision over all courts and their personnel and the Office of the Court Administrator  (OCA) of its statutory duty under Presidential Decree 828 to assist the Supreme Court in the exercise of said power of administrative supervision.”

The high court justices, in Tuesday’s deliberation designated Associate Justice Jose Perez to conduct a study on whether it is viable to reopen the RCAO or not or if it will be reopened, what are the measures to impose so that it will not fail like what happened in 2008.

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  • kilabot

    na pacquiao si lourdes. pareho silang di sumunod sa pinag-usapan. hayun tulog.

    • Dan

      too many bonehead bloggers

      • Bert

        yeah, have just got one up^……

  • wakats

    CJ Serreno, like manny pacquiao, was knockout with a clean right cross to the chin…

    Would there be a rematch?

    • Dan

      too many edyot bloggers

      • wakats

        Dan Edyot, on the 8/24/12 issue of the Manila Times written by Jomas Canlas, CJ Serreno failed in the psych tests conducted by two medical phsychiatrists and two psychologists at the behest of the JBC for possible appointment to new CJ. Serreno allegedly got a rating of “4” (not satisfactory) and should not have been included in the shortlist.

        The tests show that serreno has a tendency to make decisions based on current mood thus, outcome is highly subjective and self-righteous.

        The tests further show that she was dramatic and emotional, appears energetic and all smiles and agreeable, but with religious preoccupation in almost all significant aspects of her life.

  • carlorocci

    Ayos lang yan CJ Sereno, sa susunod daanin mo na lang sa tama…..

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo


    • Francis81

       Sa susunod Sirano daanin mo na lang sa iyak tapos biglang tawa tapos sumigaw ka ng BASILIO CRISPIN!!!

  • Night

    bagsak talaga sa mental test eto….. me sapak….. what a bad choice by Mongol Princess

    dapat si Carpio nalang

  • EdgarEdgar

    The title needs to be corrected. Sereno was not rebuffed on her bid to reopen RCAO. According to Manila Times last Tuesday, there were at least 6 justices who are open to the revival of RCAO in the interest of administrative decentralization.

    Sereno was rebuffed for reviving the RCAO behind the back of the collegial body. An unpalatable underhandedness followed by Sereno’s evasion from the press and from her peers on the pretense of illness. ADB’s post-implementation study of RCAO could have helped Sereno had she discussed the matter openly, directly and voted on it democratically during the en banc session. We can only hope Sereno learned her lesson well.

    For the latest Supreme Court gossip and chika, Senator Kiko Pangilinan Cuneta will keep the public updated.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

       “had she discussed the matter openly, directly and voted on it DEMOCRATICALLY  during the en banc session. We can only hope Sereno
      learned her lesson well.”

      CJ as primus inter pares. First among the equal peers. A single vote none the less.

  • lastofdmohicans

    This is nothing but birth pains…

    The fact that Sereno IS THERE as CJ… and WILL BE THERE till every last klepto arroyo appointee has long retired… and together with another incorruptible person in Marvic Leonen…means that reform in the SC is inevitable.

    With that kind of long tenure at the top Sereno will have her TIME….for a long time.

    • Maldi2


    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      I don’t think that is the point at all.

      “…a study on whether it is viable to reopen the RCAO or not or if it will
      be reopened, what are the measures to impose so that it will not fail
      like what happened in 2008.”

      Meaning, the exercise was tried back in 2006, and it failed.

      It would be prudent for the SC body to first study what went wrong, and how to prevent it from happening again, before it implements something like the said reform.

      I don’t think the ‘intent’ is the issue, since previous SC have studied it and understands that it is beneficial. its the ‘form’ to which it shall be implemented that is lacking.

      Simply, the CJ acted without the implementing guidelines based on a study why the previous implementation failed. Judges are merely saying, CJ should do the diligence needed to implement it, and not merely to set it up for failure at the get go.

    • Seroquel55

       The issue here is not birth pains.  The issue is Sereno “faked” a Supreme Court  en banc resolution!

    • Alfred A

       If she won’t be impeached come 2016 …. after Pnoy will step down…

  • ArmchairGeek

    Sa daang matuwid, minsan may short-cut.

    • Francis81

      Pag nag short-cut ka hindi na matuwid yun.  Komunista talaga kayong mga Yellow zombies mag–isip!

      • ArmchairGeek

        Komunista agad? Pwede bang sarcastic muna?

  • im_not_convinced

    Baka nakalimutan niy na may due process… Sa executive department lang naka concentrate ang lahat ng kapangyarihan sa isang tao, in the Judiciary and Legislature, collegial body ang nag dedecide.  Sninub kasi nila mga flag raising ceremony niya eh, yan di niya sila tuloy inimbita na sa mga meeting.

    Pag bigyan nyo na, newbie mistake. she’s still learning on the job. OJT baga.

    • Gerald Abueva

      sabi yata ni Marilou Sereno minsan siya raw ay alagad ng Diyos, nung nanumpa siya. kaya siguro walang due process.

  • Maldi2

    One after the other, Simeon’s minions are learning their lessons!  Simply incompetent!  WTF!

    • Seroquel55

      P.Aquino’s minions are not only incompetent but they are also psychologically handicapped, to put it kindly.

  • Hey_Dudes

    We are truly a race and people destined to be divided forever.  Even the highest court in the land is on ego adventure be it man or woman.  It is such a shame for these individuals to showcase their lowest regard for the Filipino people specially at a time reforms are truly needed.

    Maybe it is time once again to see what makes these judges feel the country owes them and if they are truly adamant in cooperating with each other, the court maybe better without them.

    • Gerald Abueva

      di bale. move on na lang. pero baka mateknikal ulit si Marilou Sereno kung di sya mag-ingat.

  • Seroquel55

    This is meant to clip the power of Court Administrator Midas Marquez. Sereno’s personal dislike of Marquez drove her to violate SC’s rule, this is deadly and very telling of the state of mind of the highest justice of the land.

    • Gerald Abueva

      dapat nga by now nakapag move on na si Marilou at si Midas. tagal na kayo nun.

  • basilionisisa

    we can see clearly why the CJ wants to decentralize the functions of the Office of the Court Administrator… para mahati-hati ang mga napakaraming cases at magamit lahat ng regional court judges at bumilis-bilis ang solution at completion ng mga court cases.

    we can also see now why the experiment failed in 2008… ayaw ng High Court na masapawan sila, mawalan ng control, at mahati ang cases nila at mabawasan ang kanilang ‘kita’ at perks.

    we hope (and wish) that Associate Justice Jose Perez will conduct a thorough and unbiased study on reopening the RCAO and suggest measures to implement, so that it won’t fail like it did in 2008, casting aside partisan politics and loyalties, aiming solely at the faster dissemination of Justice throughout the land. Good luck to you, AJ Jose Perez!

    • Gerald Abueva

      medyo taliwas sa lumabas na ADB at SC internal study yung sinabi mo. kung tutuusin, mas lalaki pa ang spcial allowances ng lahat overall. may kopya ang ADB sa website nila sa publication.

      may source ba kayo sa sinabi niyong “mabawasan ang kanilang ‘kita’ at perks.”? pa share naman. thank you.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      Perhaps if failed because those with the new power had its own set of problems which included the same set of problems from a centralized system, only that now, its got two heads instead of one.

  • Gerald Abueva

    Reminder to Marilou Sereno. Please don’t let your daughter tag along in your foreign trips. Dagdag gastos sa kaban ng bayan yan. Hindi naman gov’t emloyee iyang anak mong babae. Pero sinasama mo pa rin sa re-imbursements and travel allowance yung pagkain at accommodation niya. Ingat lang. May mga nakakapuna na sa inyo. May litrato pati. Minsan na kayong napaso nung ginawa mo siyang judicial staff manager kahit wala siyang prior experience at qualification. Kayo rin.

    • jason jaucian

      kahit pala mga body guards nya, naka business class. SOSYAL!!!!

  • jason jaucian

    so we have like 18 years more of this kind of sereno idiocy? 

    • Gerald Abueva

      wag mag-alala. medyo careless din si Marilou Sereno. baka ma teknikal sya.

  • Bert

    Arraayyy, what a SLAP on Sereno’s not so pretty face….hehe

  • Your_King

    Sereno trying to secretly reopen the RCAO without conducting a thorough study first? Come on!!! What is she, crazy?! I mean there are rumors regarding her psychological results but seriously what was she trying to do? Was she thinking she would slip one by her associate justices? Nice pick PNoy.

  • henri_see

    The RCAO is meant to cut the balls of Court Admistrator Midas.
    But of course, the GMA justices led by De Castro won’t let that happen.

    Let the games begin!

  • beerhunters

    This is GMA’s fault! Had GMA not appointed Corona, Pnoy wouldn’t have appointed Sereno…..ha ha ha what infectious logic!

  • Jon

    “Kausap ko si God kagabi at sinabi niya sa akin na ako lang ang tama.”
    “Lahat kayong kumukontra sa akin ay ibinilin ko sa kanya na siya na ang bahala.”

  • speaksoftlylove

    This is Sereno’s new Supreme Court policy of “glorified silence” went “butata” courtesy of Justice De Castro. For her own sake, PNoy’s laughbitz Sereno should see a psychiatrist as soon as possible otherwise it would be too late.

  • speaksoftlylove

    Hindi kaya nagconvert na rin ng religion si Sereno at nag “kupals for cries” kaya tuloy niknockout siya ng SC gaya ni Pakyaw?

  • freaksmoker

    One positive note is that Sereno is better off than Pacman. Only one man knocked out Pacman yet he unabashedly cried in his interview because of shame. In contrast, Sereno is shameless to the bone. Majority of the members of an SC sitting en banc mauled her yet she is still smiling and even flaunted victory. This woman not only has an unsound mind but worse, a masochist.

  • disqusted0fu

    i guess the saying “too much of anything is bad” is true… she must be too intelligent that it is already affecting her way of thinking. Sereno is proving to us by the day that the rumors about her mental stability or should i say instability are somewhat the same with Aquino’s, except that Aquino’s is probably caused by his too whatever the opposite of intelligent is. regardless, both of them should take psychological exams to see who has the worse condition. the Filipinos deserve to have healthy leaders, both physically and mentally.

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