MANILA - Reforms in the judiciary are "no fake news," Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said Monday, as she rued how moves to oust had distracted the judiciary.
"Change was already coming and had already underway in the judiciary. No fake news," Sereno told a gathering organized by the group Movement Against Tyranny.
"Supported by incontrovertible data. No propaganda. But alas, the impeachment came and the judiciary has been distracted," she said.
Sereno spoke on the eve of oral arguments at the Supreme Court on a petition to invalidate her appointment appointment as chief justice for failure to fully disclose her wealth.
Similar claims, alongside her alleged disregard for judicial proceedings, are the basis of an impeachment complaint that has hurdled the committee level at the House of Representatives.
Sereno said she had been "vilified" on a daily basis since the impeachment complaint was lodged last year.
"Wala po tayong magagawa kung may mga taong hindi gusto sa atin. Ngunit hindi po 'yun ang batayan kung dapat tayo ay manatili sa puwesto," she said.
(I can't do anything if there are people who don't like me. But this should not be the basis if I am to stay or not in my position.)