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‘Judging before hearing’

Mar 13, 2018

“AS ONE who had worked to preserve the independence of the Judiciary, I call on the judges and employees of the Judiciary to respect the rights of the Chief Justice to fairness, justice, due process and the rule of law.”

Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. said in a statement Monday in face of the impending impeachment trial of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

“This is the best way to ensure that we preserve our judicial independence. This is how we should all show loyalty to our beloved institution and to our democratic process,” stressed Davide.

At Monday’s flag-raising ceremonies too, justices and staff of the Supreme Court staged a “red day” to push for the resignation of CJ Sereno.

Alarm bells have apparently sounded for Davide, stating that: “I wish to express my deep and profound concern over the apparent politicization of the Judiciary. I refer particularly to recent calls from certain judges and court employees for the Chief Justice to resign immediately and not await for the results of the impeachment process or even the quo warranto.”

To Davide, the resignation call of justices against Sereno is “far worse than the impeachment and quo warranto.”

“The call is condemning without the evidence, judging before hearing, applying additional political pressure on the Chief Magistrate, rather than according her the rights to a fair trial, to substantive and procedural due process, and even to the rule of law,” he said.

Warned the former Chief Justice – himself subjected to a failed impeachment process in the House: “If there is anything that will destroy the faith of our people in the Judiciary, it is the perception that judges themselves are unwilling to await the results of a constitutional proceeding or a statutory process.”

Political expediency ripping the rule of law. Sound the death tolls of democracy in this country.

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