Karen Jimeno apologizes for 'legal experts' tweet

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2018 10:51 AM

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MANILA - Undersecretary Karen Jimeno on Tuesday apologized for a now-deleted tweet that said there was a spate of legal experts following the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Jimeno, previously an undersecretary for the Department of Public Works and Highways and now for disaster resiliency of the Presidential Management Staff, said there was a "deluge of 'legal' & 'constitutional' experts' in social media after the Supreme Court decision.

"I apologize for that because I think I wasn’t able to communicate it well," she told ANC's Headstart.

Sereno, she said, was her professor in law school and she "felt bad" upon reading comments that the top judge "deserved" to be ousted and that it was unfair to measure her work based on the ruling.

However, she also did not agree with comments saying the magistrates who voted for the ouster were completely biased. She pointed out that the full text of the Supreme Court's decision was not yet released at the time.

“Even then, I wasn’t sure about my position because I haven’t read the decision yet and of course it was sub judice,” she said.

In her tweet, Jimeno quoted Greek philosopher Plato as saying, "Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."

"I should have added there, 'Let us be discerning when reading all comments or making comments'...I didn’t know na emotionally charged pala and I was getting so stressed when I was reading all the comments," she said.

Jimeno said she deleted the tweet because of the stress it has caused her, adding that her doctor advised her to avoid such taxing events for her to conceive.

"I wanted to respond to some people there who thought that I was anti-Sereno, to say that she was my professor. Pero wag na, nakakapagod, iisa-isahin ko pa," she said.

"When I reread my tweet naman, I was thinking naman, ‘you know what, it doesn’t really have any constructive contribution to the issue.’ So I said just take it down kasi there’s no added value to the discussion," she added.