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Negros Occidental judges call for sobriety, prudence amid Sereno issues

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 3/13/2018 Manalo, Danny
Erwin Ocson, Supreme Court Employees Union president, reads a manifesto asking Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to resign from her post during the flag-raising ceremony on Monday, March 12, 2018. Sereno is facing an impeachment complaint before the House of Representatives and a quo warranto petition before the Supreme Court, both seeking her removal from post. Danny Pata © Danny Pata Erwin Ocson, Supreme Court Employees Union president, reads a manifesto asking Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to resign from her post during the flag-raising ceremony on Monday, March 12, 2018. Sereno is facing an impeachment complaint before the House of Representatives and a quo warranto petition before the Supreme Court, both seeking her removal from post. Danny Pata

A group of regional judges on Monday called for sobriety and prudence after judges and court employees called on Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to "sacrifice" and resign.

In a statement, the Negros Occidental Regional Trial Court Association lamented the calls for Sereno to step down, and emphasized that the organizations needed to "be neutral."

"We do not wish to be part of the issues besetting the Supreme Court and its personnel as our priority is to keep the courts open and to serve our people," the Negros Occidental judges said.

"We are not politicians. We do not have the luxury of publicly expressing our sentiments, unless prompted by the situation. This is one of those times that our voices need to be heard."

The House of Representatives is deliberating on an impeachment complain against Sereno, as an ouster plea seeking her removal had also been filed with the Supreme Court.

On Monday morning, Supreme Court Employees Association President Erwin Ocson read a statement in which he urged Sereno to resign.

Sereno, however, was adamant that she would not step down.

Meanwhile, the Negros Occidental judges called for everyone to stand back and let due process take its course.

"We ask our fellow judges to remember our oath to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law; to be impartial and reserve judgment until all evidence have been presented; to be non-partisan and let due process take its course," urged the judges.

"We stand for an independent judiciary," they emphasized. — Nicole-Anne C. Lagrimas/DVM, GMA News

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