MANILA, Philippines – Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday, August 28, called for “evidence-based investigations” into corruption in Philippine courts, as she marked her first year in office with an unprecedented meeting with the press.
“We intend to crack down, really, on the wayward ones,” Sereno told a panel of journalists on Wednesday.
The problem, she said, is that stories about corruption in the judiciary remain unverified. She urged the filing of affidavits on corruption in the judiciary. (Watch more in the video below.)
“That is the kind of evidence that will send a chilling effect, in fact an inhibitive effect, on those who are trying to believe, or those who starting to believe, that they can gain money from the system,” Sereno said.
“We cannot prove our mettle until we have disciplined our judges correctly,” Sereno added.
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Earlier in Wednesday’s press conference, she downplayed intrigues of internal politics, and said she keeps “good, working professional relationships” with her fellow justices.
She said: “If our relationships weren’t good, how could we have achieved such historic landmarks?”
Sereno also vowed her independence from the President who appointed her in 2012.
“I haven’t received any request, or any message, to vote in accordance with the political plans of any person, and I am grateful that they respect that. I hope people will look at my voting pattern,” the chief justice said. – Rappler.com