Chief Justice Sereno urges youth to continue idealism

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 07 2017 11:58 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Thursday challenged students to continue their idealism, and not allow it to be clamped down.

"No one has the right to tell you to stop you to be idealistic," she said, adding that she is sorry on behalf of the older generation who may have "frustrated" the young.

"If we had earlier frustrated you, if we have shown you we have been less than what we should have been, forgive us, but please do a better job," Sereno said in a speech at a forum on women empowerment, democracy, and social justice in Manila.

She also called on Filipino women to assert their rights and contribute to nation-building, reminding them, "Hindi nalalaos ang ating pwersa hangga't tayo'y buklod buklod at sama-samang lumalaban para sa ating inang bayan."

The chief magistrate, meanwhile, refused to comment on a reported statement from House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that he believes there is probable cause to impeach her.

Sereno said she did not hear Alvarez make the statement and refused to answer a reporter's request for comment.

"You are telling me what you heard him say. I haven't heard him say anything, so let's just leave it at that," Sereno said.

In an interview, Alvarez said the evidence against the chief magistrate "are piling up," and claimed that Sereno has been undermining the collegial nature of the high court by acting unilaterally on matters raised in Gadon's impeachment complaint.

Sereno left the venue aboard the controversial Toyota Land Cruiser 200, her new official service vehicle, which is the subject of lawyer Lorenzo Gadon's impeachment complaint.