Employees gird for show of support on CJ De Castro's first flag rites


Posted at Sep 02 2018 04:10 PM

FILE PHOTO: Chief Justice Teresita De Castro is welcomed by Supreme Court employees upon her arrival at the SC compound on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. ABS-CBN News

MANILA - It will be a "Blue Monday" at the Supreme Court (SC) on September 3 as employees welcome Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, who will be attending her first flag-raising ceremony as the new head of the judiciary.

Employees had congratulated De Castro with flowers, balloons and tarpaulins last Tuesday, her first working day as Chief Justice. 

Monday will not be the first time that a particular color is displayed at the high court. 

Court employees mounted "Red Monday" protests against De Castro's predecessor, Chief Maria Lourdes Sereno, as she faced impeachment and quo warranto proceedings. 

In stark contrast, the SC and the rest of the judiciary began the observance of "Red Mondays" as a show of support for the late Chief Justice Renato Corona, Sereno’s predecessor, as he faced his own impeachment battle. 

Prior to the "Red Mondays" during Corona's tenure, the judiciary also observed "Black Mondays" following the filing of the impeachment complaint against him in December 2012 to condemn alleged moves to "undermine judicial independence."