Official Statement of the 13 Justices Who Wanted CJ Sereno to Take an Indefinite Leave of Absence

According to the spokesperson, Associate Justice Benjmain Caguioa was not present because he was on leave. The Justices wanted CJ Sereno to take a break for several reasons and to clarify the issue regarding the different statement released by the camps of CJ Sereno about her official leave.


The decision of the justices was made after consultation with the most senior justices, Antonio Carpio and Presbitero Velasco, Jr. The statement of the 13 justices was released to the media after the lawyers of Sereno announced that the Chief Justice would go on a wellness leave from March 1 to 15.

The Supreme Court clarifed that they issued a statement to finally "address the confusion" arising from Sereno's spokesperson. The SC stressed that the Chief Justice "did not request the rescheduling of her wellness leave," as earlier claimed by Sereno's spokespersons.



Here's the Official Statement of the Supreme Court in CJ Sereno's Leave

I have been requested to read this Press Statement by thirteen (13) Justices of the Supreme Court.

After extended deliberations last Tuesday February 27, 2018, thirteen (13) of the Justices present arrived at a consensus that the Chief Justice should take an indefinite leave. Several reasons were mentioned by the various justices. After consulting with the most senior justices, the Chief Justice herself announced that she was taking an indefinite leave, with the amendment that she start the leave on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The Chief Justice did not request the rescheduling of her wellness leave.

The Court En Banc regrets the confusion that the announcements and media releases of the spokespersons of the Chief Justice have caused, which seriously damaged the integrity of the Judiciary in general and the Supreme Court in particular. In the ordinary course of events, the Court expected the Chief Justice to cause the announcement only of what was really agreed upon without any modification or embellishment. This matter shall be dealt with in a separate proceeding.

In view of the foregoing, the Court En Banc considers Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno to be on an indefinite leave starting March 1, 2018. Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio shall be the Acting Chief Justice.

The Clerk of Court and the Office of the Court Administrator will be informed and ordered to inform all courts and offices accordingly.

Source: Supreme Court 
Official Statement of the 13 Justices Who Wanted CJ Sereno to Take an Indefinite Leave of Absence Official Statement of the 13 Justices Who Wanted CJ Sereno to Take an Indefinite Leave of Absence Reviewed by Phil Newsome on March 01, 2018 Rating: 5
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