Justice Peralta says he has no axe to grind versus Sereno

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 12 2018 06:14 PM

Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta said his decision to come forward and testify before the House Justice Committee has nothing to do with his wife's application for a position in the Court of Appeals.

According to Peralta, his decision to come forward and raise the red flags in the vetting process of the Judicial and Bar Council with regards to his wife's application for a position in the Court of Appeals is not about having an axe to grind against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who chaired the Judicial and Bar Council.

He added his testimony is about protecting the institution of the JBC and making sure applicants are treated fairly.

Peralta noted, if this can be done to him, who is a senior justice of the court, then it maybe done to others.

"I don't know what they will do with the other applicants. That's my position. In fact, as I said the last time, I already, we already with my wife, we're already happy with our children. Let's move on, let's forget everything about this." he said.

In his testimony before the House of Representatives justice panel, Peralta said he did not know that Sereno failed to submit all of her 
statements of assets, liabilities and networth when she was applying for the position of Chief Justice. 

"Had I been informed of this... I could have immediately objected to the selection of the chief justice for voting because this is a very clear deviation from the existing rules that if a member of the judiciary would like to apply for Chief Justice, then he or she is mandated to submit by the SALNs," he added. 

Peralta, who had presided over the JBC's search for the next chief justice, said he only knew of the letter now. 

Earlier, Sereno's legal team blasted Peralta for airing his grievances against the JBC in the ongoing impeachment proceedings.

Sereno legal spokesperson Jojo Lacanilao, in a statement to media, said: "Justice Peralta should have some delicadeza in not allowing personal disappointments to color his testimonies before the Justice Committee."