Drilon urges SC to resolve infighting away from public gaze

Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 01 2018 12:53 AM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to resolve their issues away from public eye because the infighting has affected the public's confidence in the judiciary.

"I am saddened by what is happening. I have never seen this kind of an episode in my life as a lawyer and that is almost 50 years. This does not augur well for the administration of justice because of this infighting," he said.

"We hope that this public spectacle will end as soon as possible. The Supreme Court should resolve the issues among themselves without exposing it to the public."

The High Court, Drilon said, should find ways to help preserve the judiciary's integrity, dignity, and independence.

"The Supreme Court is one of the pillars of our democracy. We should protect and isolate it from the consequences of the impending impeachment trial of the Chief Justice. The Supreme Court must rise to the crisis whole," he said.

Drilon issued the statement following reports that SC justices forced Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to go on indefinite leave.