SC united, insists Sereno


Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno: United. AP

MANILA, Philippines—Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday insisted the Supreme Court was united despite reports that senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio had questioned her appointment of a staff member who was still reporting to the University of the Philippines law faculty.

“Everyone, of course, is united,” Sereno told reporters when asked if the 15-member high court was united following the controversy of her appointment of Solomon Lumba as chief staff head 2 when he has not yet severed his ties with UP.

Interviewed before she led groundbreaking ceremonies of the new tower of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in Ortigas, Pasig City, the Chief Justice dodged questions on Carpio’s letter to her which reportedly stated his decision to withdraw his signature to the appointment of Lumba in November last year when he learned the latter was still connected with the UP Law faculty.

Lumba had already issued a statement last Monday, saying he was taking steps to “forego” his tenure at UP as he assured he was no longer teaching law since he assumed his new job at the high court in November last year.

In her speech before the IBP event, Sereno underscored the need for the IBP and those in the legal profession to have “strength of focus” and “endurance” in dealing with their profession “despite all your differences of opinions and persuasions.”—Christine O. Avendaño

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  • Hey_Dudes

    SC justices should stab each others  back when they are out on the streets  or inside their homes.  They should spare the people and country of whatever petty intramural eating them up while in the course of their duties.

  • zahraff

    The supreme court justices must work together for the common good. Minor infractions must never be blown out of proportion, and let’s move on. If sometime, somewhere along the line, somebody got offended, please let it go, and let bygones be bygones. 

    • tagatabas

       Sana ganyan ang mga comment para walang tinatamaan at kool na kool ang dating.

  • IbigMongSabihin

    as long as united si sereno kay noynoy aquino ay walang problem – because that was the main intent bakit openly na nilakad ni noynoy aquino ang kanyang selection as chief justice kahit pa her experiences were only as a college law professor and a law firm reseacher. and as published, noynoy vocally justified sereno’s selection based on sereno’s brilliant lawyering experience daw which was later found to be non-existing kasi never siya naka pag practice as a court lawyer or judge. pero the show of amateurs goes on. amateur president and an amateur chief justice with their limited experiences and questionable capabilities.

    • tagatabas

       Ikaw ay isang professional at magaling kayang patakbuhin ang buong bansa ng walang kapintasan, magaling kang mamintas, magaling kang magkunwari, magaling kang mangintriga. Ikaw na kaya ang maging presidente at maging chief justice, tutal napakagaling mo naman.

  • $23257130

    ppppppppppwwwwwwwwwweeehhhhh kadiri eeeeeeeewwwwww

  • LabkoPinas

    Sereno is fooling herself. No one can claim He or She has a united group in the Supreme Court. She must be kidding.

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    after the senate, supreme court naman..hala cge, maglabasan kayo ng baho nyo

  • Beng Atibo

    This is a media hype!!! It will not have gone out of proportions if the media will report all trivial things that is happening in the SC. What does media hope to achieve by sowing ill wills among the Justices of the Supreme Court??? Is it because media wanted to show that Justices are not united??? Is this responsible reporting??? Wala na bang maibalitang matino kaya kahit maliit na bagay ay pinapalaki??? Susunod pati pag-utot ni Pnoy irereport nang media!!!

    • tagatabas

       Bulok na bulok kasi ang sistema ng media sa Pinas kaya tuloy  nawawalan ng tiwala sa kanila ang taong bayan, sa media pera muna bago ang hustisya.

    • desert moon

      Politics and showbiz…there’s no difference in media reporting. It’s intriga based. Mga bakla din ba yung mga reporters na assignef to cover political events?

  • barry p

    AN opposite to alang delikadeza corona, Sereno is sincere and principled – and that’s crucial.

    Some old school alumni may still be in state of disbelief how the most junior of them end up leading them…and thus the little uneasiness.

    Not to mention the media sensationalization of even the minute stuff.

    But all in all…Sereno will STILL BE THERE long after the the appointees of the thief are long gone and sitting idly by in the rocking chair of retirement.

    The leadership and regime of Sereno in the Supreme Court is sure and long.  

    Her name will be in many law books and jurisprudence.

    The appointees of the thief may grump and whinge but they are powerless.  

    The future belongs to Sereno, Marvic Leonen, et al….

    ….starting with being appointed by the most trusted Philippine President in the land…they are known for their sincerity…yet they are also known for their brilliance….they represent the new era of righteous governance that shuns patronage politics, palakasan and opportunism…

    So sit back and relax…


    Btw, the sludge of the old rotten unfortunate Supreme Court regime is still entrenched in the office of the court administrator.  

    What I cannot understand is the SHEER THICKNESS OF FACE of this idiot who brought the Supreme Court in DISREPUTE after engaging in unabashed, shameless and lowly mudslinging, schemes, acts  and gimmickry to undermine the government, the Filipino people and the cause of justice …. during klepto arroyo’s attempted escape and alang deliakdeza corona’s subsequent impeachment.

    Kung si kelpto arroyo walang delikadeza….at si corona wala ring delikadeza…itong si midas marquez obviously wala ring delikadeza.

    And  I would not be surprised if the idiot is also the source of all these intrigues in the Supreme Court.  He has proven himself so low, shameless and solidly partisan to be capable of this treachery.  

    • Bert

      Sinong gumawa ng iyong long speech, si Carandang? hehe

  • johnnie r

    Yup they are united alright, they’re united against your successive bungling moves…

  • $20926843

    If indeed they are united why can’t this SOB sereno compel majority of the justices particularly Justice Carpio attend the routine Monday flag ceremony.  This is a simple activity to symbolize her assertion of unity in the SC…..

  • Loy

    Well, Senyor Simyon has only three more years after his machine proclamation. Come 2016, we do not know who comes to stay beside the Pasig River. By that time, we will never know if he or she will also use the same power of the Executive to unseat Ms. Lourdes. Surely, when that happens, all the other Justices will still be in the SC. Whoever may be the President at that time and he may in no way agree to pay PP10 Billion for Hacienda Luisita, surely, Ms. Lourdes may have to go.

  • doublecross

    go on with your job…hayaan mo lang sila, kulang sa pansin.

  • boybakal

    SC united, insists Sereno…This is scary…SC United.
    What we need in SC are Concurring and Dissension. They should not unite for the sake of one.
    Justice is best serve if there are pros and cons.

  • kilabot

    united in being disunited. 
    that’s noykapon’s legacy.

  • Albin

    Hindi talaga pwede si Sereno na mag lead ng SC.
    Aminin nyo na.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Yeah yeah say what you want but Carpio and the rest of the gang are after your neck. These justices will be bitter till their last breath.

    • Bert

      amen, and that will be good for the continued INDEPENDENCE of the SC….

  • Spokesman2

    OK na ngayon dito sa Pinas. Lahat pwede ng umasenso.
    Kung ang baliw nagiging Chief Justice, may pag-asang maging presidente ang mga batang grasa.

  • disqusted0fu

    CJ Sereno and Pnoy really do have some similarities. They both live in this fantasy where everything is great and perfect, where whatever they do is always right, and where they are always the star of the show. I wonder when these two are going to snap back to reality, that’s if their mental capacity can handle it.

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