Wednesday, March 14, 2018
BACOLOD City – Judiciary members must maintain neutrality amid the impeachment trials of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, according to a local group of judges.
Officers and members of the Negros Occidental Regional Trial Court Judges Association issued an official statement on Monday, expressing their sadness over the recent pronouncement of some court personnel and unions calling for Sereno’s resignation.
“As an organization, we value consensus-building and this matter has been discussed among our members and the consensus is clear: We are and should be neutral,” part of the statement read.
The organization said it does not want to be a part of the issues besetting the Supreme Court and its personnel.
It added that its priorities are “to keep courts open” and “serve our 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 statement further read.
The group also called for “sobriety and prudence,” asking judges “to remember their oath to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law, to be impartial and reserve judgment until all evidence have been presented.”
It believes that judiciary members must be nonpartisan and must let due process “take its course.”
The statement was signed by judges Kathrine Go, Frances Guanzon, Dyna Doll Chiongson-Trocio, Blanche Therese Bolunia, Amy Avellano, Rosario Ester Orda, Ana Celeste Bernad, Reginald Fuentebella, Philadelfa Agraviador, Mila Yap-Camiso, Estefanio Libutan Jr., Cyclamen Fernandez, Walter Zorilla, Gwendolyn Jimenea, Edwin Gomez, Eduardo Sayson, EdgarTupas, andRodney Magbanua./PN