MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has urged the new graduates of the University of the Philippines to help end corruption in the country.
In her speech during the 103rd commencement rites at UP Diliman on Sunday, Sereno told the graduating class of 2014 that they have in their hands the opportunities and energies to create a just nation that is free of corruption.
“Best of all, you have the voices to shout: ‘enough of corruption, enough of inequality, enough of greed. It’s time for justice to prevail’,” she told the new graduates of the premier state university that produced many of the country’s leaders.
Sereno, a graduate of the UP College of Law and the first female chief justice of the country, lamented how the Filipino people had been indifferent in the past to holding their elected leaders accountable for their misdeeds.
“Everybody is aware that these high officials cannot afford to build mansions given their legitimate income, especially considering their many mistresses and families. But only few would dare to raise voices against their lavish lifestyle,” she lamented in Filipino.
But the top Supreme Court magistrate stressed that times have changed in the fight against corruption.
She also appealed to the public to be patient in waiting for the conclusion of the pork barrel cases.