- Lawyer accused chief magistrate of passing blame over late benefits for CA justice’s widow
- He insisted Sereno to blame, described her statement as a lie
- He also claimed SC en banc approved widow’s application swiftly
MANILA, Philippines – The chief accuser of Supreme Court Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno insisted she was to blame for the delayed awarding of survivorship benefits to a widow of a late justice of the Court of Appeals.
Accusing Sereno of trying to pass the blame to her fellow justices, Atty. Lorenzo Gadon claimed the Supreme Court en banc had actually approved Dolores Colayco’s application for survivorship as a widow of CA justice Jose Colayco.
“The truth is the SC en banc acted quite swiftly and approved the applications in just around a month,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying. “Sereno is in effect blaming the justices of the Supreme Court by saying that the release of survivorship benefits was only approved a few days ago.”
“This lie and the passing the blame stunt of the Office of the Chief Justice on the issue of delays of the release of survivorship benefits has become infuriating. Disgusting,” he added.
Colayco passed away last October 3—a week before the SC approved her application.
According to Gadon, the delay was due to Sereno sitting on the application.
““Had the Office of the Chief Justice processed the applications on time, the 94-year-old Lola Dolly Colayco could have used her monthly pension for her sustenance and medicine,” he said.
The camp of the chief justice in turn said the application which the high court received last August 2016 had only been approved 11 months in September 2017 after the justices finally ironed out a policy decision as a collegial body.