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Negros judges remain neutral in Sereno case


By Mark L. Garcia

Bacolod City – A group of trial court judges in Negros Occidental said that its members will remain neutral on the issue of whether or not Supreme Court Chief Justice on-leave Maria Lourdes Sereno should resign from her post.

In a statement issued to media Monday night, the Negros Occidental Regional Trial Court Judges Association (NORTCJA) said that its members have agreed to remain neutral on the issue, as the group vowed to just focus of making the courts and their services open to the people.

“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 NORTCJA statement said.

The statement said the judges were “saddened by the recent pronouncements on ousting Sereno by from some court personnel, employees’ associations and unions.”

NORTCJA is also calling for sobriety and prudence as it urged other judges “to remember their oath to uphold the constitution and the rule of law, remain impartial until evidence are presented, and be non-partisan and letting the due process take its course.”

NORTCJA also stressed that they stand for an independent judiciary.

Meanwhile, Sereno attended a forum at the start of the National Convention of the Philippine Association of Court Social Workers here, Tuesday, and urged the Negrense youth to form a group that will fight injustice in the country.

She told an audience of more than 1,000 students at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos auditorium that the injustice they were currently witnessing will create resentment against the government if not settled or solved.

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