Karen Jimeno says sorry over ‘legal experts’ tweet on Sereno’s case

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  • Undersecretary Karen Jimeno has apologized for her controversial ‘legal experts’ tweet
  • Jimeno’s tweet drew criticisms at the height of the Sereno quo warranto case
  • She has since deleted her tweet after getting bashed on social media

MANILA, Philippines – After receiving criticisms for her ‘legal experts’ tweet at the height of Sereno quo warranto case, recently-appointed Undersecretary for Disaster Resiliency Karen Jimeno has apologized for her social media remarks.

In an interview on Headstart, Jimeno said she only wanted people to be more discerning before making comments since the full context of the decision then on the quo warranto petition hasn’t been released yet.

Nevertheless, she apologized for not being able to ‘communicate well’ with her words.

Jimeno drew flak on social media for saying there’s a deluge of legal experts following the quo warranto decision that removed Maria Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

“Suddenly there’s a deluge of legal & constitutional experts in social media,” she earlier tweeted. “As Plato said: “Wise me speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something”.

Several netizens lambasted Jimeno, who was then an Undersecretary for the DPWH, prompting her to delete her tweet.

Jimeno admitted she felt bad after reading comments that says Sereno deserved to be removed; but at the same time disagree with others saying the justices who voted for her ouster were biased.

“Even then, I wasn’t sure about my position because I haven’t read the decision yet and of course it was sub judice,” she explained.

She said she should have added ‘Let us be discerning when reading all comments or making comments’, and didn’t know that her remarks were ‘emotionally-charged.

Jimeno also admitted Sereno and Associate Justice Marvic Leonen were her professors in Law school and wanted to respond to those saying she was anti-Sereno, but decided against it.

Jimeno is once former Chief Justice Renato Corona’s defense lawyers in the impeachment trial and also served in the Aquino Cabinet as Head for External Affairs and Communications for the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery under Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson.

Here’s her interview with Karen Davila: