By Marjaleen Ramos
Following the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice, a funeral wake was set to insinuate the ‘death’ of democracy.
On May 11, members of religious groups which supported Sereno organized an installation on Padre Faura street in Ermita, Manila, where a gold casket was set up in the middle, surrounded by flowers and black ribbons.
Photographs of the eight SC justices who voted in favor of the quo warranto petition against the former CJ Sereno were also seen in the wake. Above each of their names, there was a sign saying: “Ang pumatay ng ating DEMOKRASYA.”
There was also an effigy of the former Chief Justice and the emblem of the Supreme Court, with a knife pierced through it on her chest.
Among the people behind the “Lamay Para Sa Demokrasya” installation were Fr. Robert Reyes and Fr. Joselito “Bong” Sarabia, activist priests of the group GOMBURZA, in partnership with Filipino Cultural Creatives.
Fr. Reyes said after the gathering for Prayer and Fasting, they started to pack up but students arrived and wanted to sustain the protest.
The youth fumed over the unjustified ousting of the SC Justice.
The now-ousted Chief Justice was accused of allegedly failing to declare her true wealth and using public funds to finance her lavish lifestyle.