SC employees lay out expectations for Sereno

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 04 2012 10:56 PM | Updated as of Sep 05 2012 06:57 AM

Intrigues not part of culture in judiciary, says SCEA chief

MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court Employees Association (SCEA) is hoping that newly installed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will not take too much time identifying the problems plaguing their ranks.

Speaking to ABS-CBN News, SCEA President Jojo Guerrero said that while they are willing to give the new chief magistrate time to adjust to her new role, being an Associate Justice for 2 years now, she already has a clear grasp of the Judiciary's woes.

"Sana naman huwag masyado matagal ang pag-aaral na sinasabi ng bagong Chief Justice at makita at maramdaman na namin ang mga bunga ng kanyang mga programa," he said.

Sereno gave her message to court officials and employees, for the the first time as Chief Justice, on Monday.

Guerrero said the employees had hoped that Sereno should have talked about the Rule of Law, judicial independence, and fiscal autonomy, and how these principles will be upheld during her 18-year stint.

"Yun lang naman gusto namin marinig. Wala siyang nabanggit na ganoon kahapon," he said.

He said they were also surprised that the chief magistrate called on them to shun intrigues and work double time in their respective work assignments.

"As far as I know, walang puwang sa hudikatura ang intriga. It's not part of our culture. Saka kahit anumang panahon, kahit sino ang Chief Justice, doble kayod naman talaga kami," he said.