Court workers 'pressured' to wear red vs Chief Justice, says Sereno camp

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Posted at Mar 11 2018 03:02 PM | Updated as of Jan 10 2020 01:21 PM

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MANILA - The camp of embattled Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said on Sunday court employees throughout the country were being pressured to wear red to call for the resignation of the top magistrate. 

Speaking to DZMM radio, lawyer Josalee Deinla, Sereno's spokesperson, said they have received reports of court employees ordered to wear red without anyone explaining to them what it signified. 

"Marami nang mga ulat sa amin na may mga kawani o empleyado ng Korte Suprema at ng iba pang mga korte sa buong bansa na pinipilit daw o kaya'y inuutusan na magsuot ng pula sa Lunes," said Deinla. 

"'Yung 'wear red on Monday' na movement daw para ipakita 'yung call for resignation sa Chief Justice. Maraming nakakarating sa amin na 'yang mga kawani na 'yan, di raw lubos pinaliliwanagan kung bakit kailangan magsuot ng pula," she added. 

Last Monday dozens of Supreme Court employees wore red and carried balloons during their flag ceremony to show support for the en banc consensus that the Chief Justice should take an indefinite leave. 

Deinla said many court employees are confused because they have strict rules on their uniform and wearing read may earn them penalties. This, she said has prompted some judges to assert the judiciary's independence.

"May ilang judges nang nagpahayag nga ng suporta sa judicial independence, at hindi necessarily kay Chief Justice. Ito ay para kondenahin 'yung umiikot na bali-balitang pinipilit 'yung kanilang mga empleyado na sumunod sa certain dress code," she said.