Palace: Give Sereno a chance

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 04 2012 04:19 PM | Updated as of Sep 05 2012 03:18 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Tuesday said newly appointed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno should be given a chance to prove herself.

"The appointment of Justice Sereno was widely perceived to be a positive thing that caps the drama over the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona. It's a new slate and we hope that everybody will give Justice Sereno a chance to prove herself," said Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) Secretary Ricky Carandang

The Palace won't speculate on the reason why a number of Justices of the Supreme Court did not attend the first flag-raising ceremony under Sereno's watch.

"I'm not calling it a snub. I'm not speculating on what the absence of those justices meant. That's speculation and it's not fair to the Supreme Court, it's not fair to Justice Sereno," Carandang said.

"I would not speculate as to why they are not there. I would not try to read anything into it at this point in time. What's important is whether or not they can move on the reforms that are needed and sought by the public…What is important is the work gets done."

Carandang said the Supreme Court is expected to carry out the needed reforms with a new Chief Justice at the helm.

"The public has certain expectations of the Supreme Court and that's what they want to see happen… We're assuming that with the appointment of a new Chief Justice that the Supreme Court can get about with its business," Carandang said.

The Palace justified why the President appointed a young chief justice who will have a term of 18 years.

"Some of the things that need to be done to make the judiciary more responsive to the public are going to be things that are going to need a lot of time to fulfill. If you have someone who will be there for a long time, that assures continuity rather than if you had someone who'd stay there for one, or two, or three years, it doesn't assure the kind of continuity and reform that you are looking for in the judiciary," Carandang said.