MANILA - The Supreme Court said Thursday it would tackle the confusion on Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's indefinite leave in a separate proceeding.
In a statement read by court spokesperson Theodore Te, 13 justices sitting en banc said they regretted the confusion created by pronouncements from Sereno's camp.
Sereno's spokespersons earlier announced that the Chief Justice would go on a "wellness leave" in preparation for her possible impeachment trial.
But the 13 justices said it was the court en banc who agreed that Sereno should take an indefinite leave for "several reasons," which were not elaborated in their statement.
"In the ordinary course of events, the Court expected the Chief Justice to cause the announcement only of what was really agreed upon, without any modification or embellishment. This matter shall be dealt with in a separate proceeding," the statement read.
Sereno's camp apologized for the confusion, saying they only made the statements based on the information available to them at that time.
"We would like to the apologize to the Supreme Court and the House committee on justice for any confusion over the last few days on the issue of CJ Sereno's leave," said lawyer Jojo Lacanilao.
"The developments and discussions in the en banc were not privy to us. Therefore, there was no malice on anyone of us to confuse, mislead, or obfuscate the fast developing events," he said on Thursday.
Sereno also issued a statement on Thursday saying it was unfortunate that her planned "wellness leave" was inaccurately conveyed.