MANILA, Philippines – Embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is not backing down from her fight with Congress over her looming impeachment even as she expressed confidence the truth shall ultimately prevail in the end.
Speaking before her supporters after a mass at the Parish of the Holy Church in the University of the Philippines – Diliman on Thursday, Sereno said she is grateful to those who have been watching what has been going around and decided to stick with her through her battle – the fight for the truth.
“I’m sure as the sun rises from the east, and sets on the west that God’s plan will prevail,” the chief magistrate said; adding there has been an ‘awakening’ in the Church and among the ordinary citizens.
“Indeed, I have seen with my own eyes how the Lord superintends everything so that the lies are uncovered, the truth is revealed, people are taking more courage and there is unity among our brethren at last,” said Sereno; one day after Associate Justice Teresa De Castro testified against her at the Lower House hearing.
A fight for the people, for the country
Sereno added she would rather discuss about the truth, than talk about lies.
“Ano ba ang ibig sabihin ng accountability? Ano ang ibig sabihin ng independence of the judiciary? Ano ang ibig sabihin ng separation of powers, at ano ang ibig sabihin ng demokrasya?” the Chief Justice asked.
[What does accountability means? What does independence of the judiciary means? What does separation of powers, and the democracy mean?]
Sereno vowed to never back down from the impeachment she’s facing now: “Paano po ako manghihinang-loob. Paano po ako lilisan at tatalikuran ang aking pananagutan sa bayan?”
[How could I lose faith? How could I leave and simply turn my back against my responsibility to the people?]
The lady magistrate likewise assured her supporters that the fight she is waging now is also a fight for the people and for the Constitution.