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Sereno calls for unity

Posted at | Updated as of 12/14/12 8:52 PM

Hopes for a 'stronger, more independent' SC

MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno called on officials and employees of the Judiciary to stand united as she expressed hope for a "stronger, more independent" Supreme Court (SC) under her watch.

In her Christmas message written in Filipino distributed to court employees on Monday, Sereno said she hoped the courts would enjoy unity amidst challenges.

"Sa mga hamong atin pang kakaharapin, taimtim kong dalangin ang tunay na pagkakaisa nating lahat, hindi lamang ngayong pasko, ngunit sa mga darating pang taon. Nawa'y ang Bagong Taon ay magsilbing bagong pahina sa kasaysayang ating sabay-sabay na susulatin tungo sa isang mas matatag at mas malayang Kataas taasang Hukuman," Sereno said.

In a brief message to court officials and employees during the SC Christmas party on Monday, the chief magistrate said it is her responsibility to be their "servant leader."

She also expressed hope that they would get to know her better during her 18-year term. Sereno said all her acts are anchored on her faith.

"Gusto ko pong makilala ninyo ako nang husto. Sa tingin ko po ay iisa lamang po ang aking nais sabihin sa inyo, na ang tingin ko po sa buhay ay hindi lamang po dito sa lupa kundi ang dapat po natin pag-isipan ay ang kalagayan natin matapos ang ating journey dito sa lupa. At ang lahat po ng ginagawa ko ay ayon sa isang pananampalataya na nakaangkla sa paniniwalang lahat po tayo ay magbibigay ng account sa atin pong gagawin dito sa buhay na ito.

"At ang akin pong responsibility is to be your servant, your servant leader. Kung ano po ang kailangan upang magsilbi, iyon po ang akong gagawin," she said.

Sereno's Christmas message came a day before the magistrates sat in en banc session to confront her on a resolution she issued on Nov. 27 on the reopening of the Regional Court Administration Office (RCAO). Her colleagues revoked the said resolution because it reportedly did not reflect the deliberations of the Court en banc.