MANILA - The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday said the drop in her net satisfaction ratings was expected given attempts to remove her from office.
Latest results of a Pulse Asia nationwide survey showed that the Chief Justice's satisfaction ratings suffered a 13-point drop, from 48 percent in June to 35 percent in September.
Sereno suffered the biggest drop in satisfaction ratings among top officials included in the survey, which was conducted from Sept. 24 to 30.
Josa Deinla, a member of Sereno's legal team, attributed the decline in ratings to the impeachment complaint filed against the Chief Justice.
"The incessant attacks and vicious smear campaign against Chief
Justice Sereno are expected to affect her net satisfaction ratings," Deinla said in a text message.
"For the past months, she has been publicly vilified to justify
attempts to unseat her on the basis of unfounded allegations, which are not even impeachable offenses under the Constitution," she added.
The Chief Justice is facing impeachment after the House of Representatives declared the complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon sufficient in form, substance and grounds, paving the way for the determination of probable cause.
The complaint stemmed from several accusations, including Sereno's alleged lavish lifestyle and non-disclosure of fees she received as government counsel in a high-profile case in her 2010 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth.
Deinla, however, made the assurance that Sereno would carry on with her tasks as Chief Justice despite the drop in approval ratings.
"As the country’s top magistrate, Chief Justice Sereno will continue to fulfill her duties and constitutional mandate regardless of survey
results," she said.
"She remains confident that when all the facts are presented, the allegations being leveled against her--all being falsehoods--will ultimately crumble."
In a speech before trial court judges earlier this week, Sereno had said the truth is on her side, confident that "narratives built on lies will eventually crumble."