Professor and Journalist on CJ Sereno: Aint fit to remain as CJ, feeling nya 'Chosen One' sya!

Randy David / CJ Lourdes Sereno photo file

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno seems to be preparing in advance for any eventuality regarding the cases she is about to face.

The embattled chief justice is currently facing 2 legal hurdles, an impeachment complaint, wherein Senate is only waiting for the articles of incorporation for it to constitute themselves as an impeachment court.

The other one is from the Office of the Solicitor General which asked the Supreme Court to oust the top magistrate through a quo warranto proceeding.

In relation to this, here’s an interesting article which was written by Randy David from the Philippine Inquirer, “Conflicting thoughts on CJ Sereno” – published on March 4, 2018, who describes the CJ not fit anymore for her post.

"I am not myself a great fan of the Chief Justice. My one and only personal encounter with then Professor Meilou Sereno at the University of the Philippines was fleeting, but it left me with such a disturbing impression of her that I have since thought it prudent to avoid being in a conversation with her. Certainly, I had very strong reservations when President Benigno Aquino III appointed her to replace Chief Justice Renato Corona, who, despite being disgraced and impeached, had remained popular with the Court staff.

I have always thought that President Aquino, who, back in 2010, questioned Chief Justice Corona’s midnight appointment by the outgoing Arroyo administration, missed a crucial opportunity to restore a sense of order at the high court when he appointed a very junior magistrate like Justice Sereno to the position of chief justice. In so doing, like Arroyo before him who put a higher premium on loyalty than on what was good for the institution, he bypassed very senior magistrates, including Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio. 

I have strong doubts about the impeachability of the offenses with which Chief Justice Sereno is charged. But whether she is removed from her position or not, I don’t think, judging from her recent troubles with her fellow magistrates, which seem symptomatic of her relationship with most of them, that she is in any position to effectively lead the Court.

The Court is indeed a collegial body. But an ethic of seniority usually pervades such settings. Chief Justice Sereno’s appointment brazenly stood this ethic on its head. Under the circumstances, it would have required a large reservoir of people skills and humility on her part to neutralize the resentment that would have been generated by her appointment.

But, from the start, she didn’t seem inclined to do that. She displayed such a disconcerting sense of being anointed that one would think she was being named to an ecclesiastical rather than to a state office. At her first flag-raising ceremony at the Court grounds, for instance, she told the assembled employees: “The whole world is witness that this appointment is God’s will … Only God put me in this position. It seemed like it was time to give the leadership of the Supreme Court to one of his humble servants.” "

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  1. She's a Dreamer, no wait, let me put it more gently, she's a Nightmarer. She thinks highly of herself to the detriment of her colleagues and the truth. Pity her

  2. It wasn't God who appointed her but a corrupt official as well who thought he could get away with all his misgivings by anointing a young and newbe to the highest judicial body hoping she would last a long time to watch over him so Pinoy could dance away from prosecutions long after his term has expired.