- Presidential spokesperson’s call for SC justice to resign rejected by her camp
- Top magistrate’s spokesperson said his statements indicate weak evidence
- Roque also reminded he is obliged to remain neutral as president’s mouthpiece
MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno has bucked Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s call for her to resign, saying it was her opponents who were destroying the judiciary with their baseless accusations.
“At any rate, Attorney Roque’s statements are premature and misdirected as it is the chief justice’s accusers who are inflicting damage to the Supreme Court,” GMA News quoted Sereno’s spokesperson Atty. Josa Deinla as saying.
According to Deinla, Roque’s call indicate they want to unseat Sereno with a resignation since the evidence against her is weak.
“Ang tingin po namin sa mga panawagan ng pagbibitiw sa halip na hayaan ang proseso na gumulong sa Kongreso o kung aabot pa ito ng Senado ay indikasyon na mahina ang mga ebidensya na inihain sa impeachment complaint,” he said.
[Our view on the call for her to resign instead of undergoing the process in Congress and the Senate is that it is an indication that the evidence laid down in the impeachment complaint is weak.]
“Attorney Roque, as one of the endorsers of the complaint knows this very well, the case will soon be deliberated upon at the House committee on justice where the rights of the chief justice as respondent ought to be respected,” he added.
Deinla also reminded Roque that as the spokesperson of President Rodrigo Duterte, he ought to remain neutral since his boss has himself promised not to meddle in the process.
“We would like to remind Attorney Roque that he is now already speaking for the President and no longer just for himself. Didn’t the President say earlier that he will be hands off and have nothing to do with the impeachment?” he said.