'Sereno trust, approval scores may slide without her side in impeach hearing'


Posted at Jan 08 2018 12:38 PM | Updated as of Jun 14 2019 03:08 PM

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MANILA - The trust and approval scores of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will further slide until she presents her side in the ongoing justice panel hearings tackling an impeachment complaint against her, Pulse Asia President Ronald Holmes said Monday.

The decline in Sereno's numbers was largely because of the hearings and it will continue to dip "until such time that the Chief Justice would be able to present her own side," said Holmes.

"Much of what has been presented in the Committee on Justice have come from the complainant. There have also been testimonies from justices of the Supreme Court, which do not necessarily put the Chief Justice in a good light," he told ANC.

"As the committee hearings proceed, once the side of the Chief Justice, once the evidences in support of the Chief Justice would be presented, this might tick the balance in favor of the Chief Justice," he added.

In a survey released on Monday, Sereno's approval rates dropped 4 points to +31 in the last quarter of 2017, while her trust scores also dipped 4 points to +27.

Pulse Asia noted that among the top government officials, Sereno received the highest disapproval and distrust ratings at 26 percent and 33, respectively.