Sereno introduces new media spokesperson



Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. AP

MANILA, Philippines—Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Friday introduced the Supreme Court’s new spokesperson, human rights lawyer Theodore Te, but asked media not to ask him questions first until he assumes his position on January7.

Sereno attended the SC Christmas party for the media on Friday and brought along Te, a University of the Philippines law professor, and her newly-designated communication consultant, Ateneo School of Government Dean Antonio La Viña.

Te will be the new SC public information chief and will be coterminous with Sereno, who will be Chief Justice for 18 years.

In a brief speech, Sereno said in keeping with her promise to the media, she interviewed a lot of people in her search for someone who “could best give the perspectives on the role of the judiciary in the country’s democracy” and eventually found Te.

She thanked the media for its understanding that she could only deal now with the appointment of a spokesperson for the high court because she had to focus first on a lot of things that needed her time and attention since she assumed office in August.

“The judiciary has a number of problems in its budget. There are also some small wrinkles that needed to be fixed,” said Sereno, who is not popular with some of the justices in the high court.

Sereno bypassed a number of senior justices when she was appointed by President Aquino as replacement for ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona.

She said that Te’s appointment papers were now being processed and that she had sought the “goodwill” of both the high court and UP in this effort.

“They are welcoming him (Te) but his papers still needed to be processed,” Sereno added.

And since Te will assume his new post only next month, the Chief Justice asked the media not to pepper him with questions until then.

For his part, Te said that he will take over his new job on January 7 next year and remarked that he knew most of the reporters in the beat, having been interviewed by them on matters of the judiciary.

“My only role is to be a bridge or a way of information from the Supreme Court to the people through the media,” Te said, adding he had an abundance of patience and understanding in dealing with the media.

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  • boybakal

    Okay ka ‘Te.

  • Albert Einstien

    dumaan din kaya sa psycho exam ang spokesperson………

    • beerhunters

      Te te’ nya

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  • EdgarEdgar

    Congratulations to Theodore Te.

    Just be sure to leave the chismax and gossips to the outgoing Senator Kiko Pangilinan who will soon be out of job and has quite understandably taken it upon himself to be the unofficial spokesperson of Chief Justice Sereno on matters relating to court intrigues.

    Before the year ends, let us also congratulate Sereno for finally finally finally finding a way to terminate the court psychiatrists who leaked her psychiatric evaluation test records last Aug 2012. After waiting for months to avenge her derangement, she finally did so a few days before Christmas. A grade of 4 would have disqualified Sereno under normal circumstances but we happen to be living in interesting times. In the words of those who evaluated her lunacy — “Sereno projects a happy mood but has depressive markers too. There is a strong tendency to make decisions based on current mood thus, outcome is highly subjective and self-righteous.”

    The general public is hereby warned. And may God save Sereno from herself.

    (source: www,tribuneonline,org/index.php/headlines/item/8421-cj-sereno-fires-court-psychologists)

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    Midas bakla Marqueza asan na ang hudas?

  • tata_boy

    Bakit mukhang chekwa ito?

  • pcosmachine

    Tita Midas, may naghahanap sa iyo. Magladlad ka na raw at hudas ka raw.

  • $37644997

    Why do most people say may the devil speaks?

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