'Many court employees afraid, pressured' - Sereno camp

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Posted at Mar 12 2018 10:07 AM | Updated as of Nov 16 2018 06:31 AM

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The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday questioned how court employees and judges were asked to sign a manifesto calling anew for her resignation.

Some court employees were previously pressured to wear red as part of a protest against Sereno without anyone explaining to them what it signified, said the top magistrate's spokesperson Atty. Josalee Deinla.

"Marami po sa kanila ay natatakot at nakakaramdam ng intimidasyon o pressure. Sana po maipaliwanag kung paano nakuha ang kanilang saloobin sa diumano ganiyang pamamaraan (manifesto)," she told DZMM.

(Many of the employees are afraid and experiencing intimidation and pressure. We hope they could explain how they were asked to air their sentiments through that manifesto.)

She also reminded those who signed the manifesto have a duty to protect the independence of the judiciary by upholding the constitution.

The constitution gives Sereno the right to be presumed innocent of any wrongdoing unless proven guilty before a court, Deinla noted.

DZMM, 12 March 2018