MANILA - Red shirts expressing support for Supreme Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez were worn by several employees during Monday’s flag-raising ceremony at the high court.
The shirts read, “WeStandByCourtAd, WeLoveCourtAd.”
Marquez, however, was not present during the flag-raising, same as most of the magistrates since the high court was on Holy Week break.
Noticeably, only a few employees donned red compared to previous weekly flag-raising ceremonies since embattled Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno went on indefinite leave.
The ‘Red Monday’ activity, intended to support the 13 magistrates who caused Sereno’s leave of absence and to project a united court, is an undertaking of the Supreme Court Employees Association (SCEA) and Supreme Court Association of Labor Employees (SCALE).
In a statement over the weekend, SCEA and SCALE called on fellow court workers to continue donning red “in support of the Supreme Court and the entire Judiciary.”
The statement said, “Ito ay pagkilala sa mayorya ng Korte Suprema, mula sa labintatlong magigiting nating mahistrado, opisyal, abogado at mga kawani na hangad ang ating pagkakaisa.”
SCEA requested the SC Uniform Committee to suspend the wearing of their government uniforms on Mondays, based on a consensus reached on March 21. The request was subsequently approved.
The high court will not hold en banc sessions this week; the sessions will resume on April 3 in Baguio City, where the high court conducts its yearly summer sessions.
Separate petitions in intervention on the Sereno quo warranto case filed by the Makabayan bloc at the House of Representatives, along with other personalities, as well as the Integrated Bar of the Philippines will be taken up during the summer session.