MANILA - Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday said she was mulling over going back to work at the Supreme Court.
Sereno made the statement as her supporters chanted:"Bumalik ka na sa Korte Suprema (return to the Supreme Court)" as they gathered on the street across the Adamson University in Manila, where she attended the "Women on Fire" forum.
"Ako po ay naninilbihan lamang sa taumbayan. Nakikinig po ako at pinag-iisipan ko po ito," she told reporters.
(I am only serving the public. I am listening and thinking about it.)
The embattled top magistrate, who is facing ouster moves, has been on indefinite leave from her duties at the high court since March 1 to prepare for a possible impeachment trial.
Apart from an impeachment case at the House of Representatives, she is also facing a separate ouster plea at the Supreme Court, initiated by Solicitor General Jose Calida.
"Ngayong narinig niyo na po ang sigaw, sinasabi po nilang panahon na para magtrabaho ng husto," Sereno said.
(Now that you have heard their clamor, they are saying that it is time to work hard again.)
Associate Justice Antonio Carpio previously said that Sereno's colleagues at the high court were set to decide this month Calida's quo warranto petition, which seeks to nullify Sereno's 2012 appointment.
Pleas to remove Sereno from the high court stem from allegations that she had failed to fully declare her wealth.
-- with a report from Johnson Manabat, DZMM