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Can AJ Lucas Bersamin’s Appointment as Supreme Court Chief Justice Prevent Scalawags?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

With the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo de-Castro, Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin then accepted his automatic nomination for the post of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Shortly, before this, President Du30 appointed Associate Justice Paul Hernando from the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court. So far,  the President has appointed six associate justices in the SC. They are Martires, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr., Alexader Gesmundo, Jose Reyes, and now Hernando. Bersamin previously voted against the ousted Chief Justice Marcia Lourdes Sereno.



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[VIDEO]:  Supreme Court Assoc. Justice Lucas Bersamin appeared before members of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for a public interview as part of the application process for chief justice.


Sufficient Time

With the mandatory retirement age at 70, Bersamin said he still has sufficient time to make the Supreme Court’s image better despite retiring next year. He underwent a public interview before members of the Judicial and Bar Council for the application process of the chief justice post.

More Powers to the JBC

Furthermore, Bersamin says that he will grant more powers to the JBC should he be appointed as the next Chief Justice. This is to avoid making mistakes in appointing aspirants to judicial positions. He believes that the JBC needs more muscle to look into the qualifications of the applicants. Incidentally, he was one of the 8 magistrates who voted to nullify Chief Justice Sereno’s appointment. This is based on her alleged lack of qualification.


New Supreme Court Associate Justice

With his appointment to the Supreme Court by President Du30, Hernando takes his oath of office soon after. He appears before Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta, who incidentally is his wedding godfather.  In the CA, Hernando maintains an impressive record. He has zero backlogs, 417 disposed of cases in 2013 and 370 in 2012. With him being 52 at the moment, he still has 18 years to serve before the mandatory retirement age.

Bersamin to Prevent Sereno-Like Appointment

“There is no insurance to these kinds of mistakes. I do not ascribe that to the JBC. I rather ascribe that to the shortcomings of the pre-vetting process,” quoting Bersamin. He believes that we should improve the selection processes of the judiciary. Because there are still undeserving people who manage to get appointed. However, he is yet to elaborate what additional powers he intends to give to the JBC.



Inadequate Publication Allows Scalawags in the Country to Rule

To quote Bersamin again, “The solicitation of reactions from the public about the candidates might be lukewarm because the public may not generally know, through inadequate publication, that this and that fellow who is applying is a scalawag to our community.” As another point of interest, Bersamin also wants to look into corruption allegations into the members of the Judiciary, should he be appointed.


Seniority at the SC

Under the rules of the JBC, the five most senior justices of the SC are automatically nominated for the post of Chief Justice should it be vacant. The most senior SC Justices are Bersamin, Peralta, Antonio Carpio who is the acting Chief Justice, Mariano del Castillo and Estela Perlas Bernabe. Chief Justice De Castro’s term may well be the shortest term in the high court’s history. However, this signals the return of the seniority culture in the SC that former President Benigno Aquino III disregarded by appointing Sereno. Aquino vowed to block Bongbong Marcos from the executive office in any way that he can.

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Can Supreme Court Chief Justice De Castro be Instrumental in Bongbong Marcos’ Protest Win in Two Months?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Now that Pro-Marcos Teresita de Castro is the Supreme Court chief justice, the yellow officials and their supporters can only hope for divine intervention. That if their wishes are favored by the higher-ups.  However, de Castro only has less than two months to strengthen her predecessor’s system since she retires on October 8. She explains to the Judicial and Bar Council that her short-term would not get in the way of her effectiveness as chief magistrate. Can she possibly balance the biases against Bongbong Marcos that prolong his electoral protest against the questionable Vice President Leni Robredo?





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[VIDEO]: President Rodrigo Duterte appoints Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.




A Lot to Accomplish in a Couple of Months

Tenure has always been respected by the Supreme Court as the institution’s culture. The appointment of the junior justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as the chief justice did not surprisingly cause issues despite overpassing the more senior contenders. De Castro accepted Sereno’s Presidential appointment at the time of ex-Pnoy. She said that there’s nothing she can do about it. This time, she’s confident of all the years she has worked to be able to accomplish much within the 2 months that she’ll have.




Very Qualified as Supreme Court Head

De Castro has been working in government service for 45 years now. She has only started out then with clerical work for the High Court and then rising through the ranks. With the Supreme Court, she has served for already 11 years. She also has experience serving at the Department of Justice as well as being the presiding justice of the Sandiganbayan.

 

Project Takeover

De Castro is now carrying on the work of digitization started on by the former CJ Sereno. The Enterprise Information Systems Plan has always been Sereno’s pet project and now De Castro is continuing this. This is a joint endeavor by the Supreme Court and the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office(PCDSPO). The project covers the country’s executive issuances, laws, and jurisprudence. Once completed, the records will be publicly available through the Official Gazette and the Supreme Court Library.








Majority Approval

De Castro have the most approval within the judiciary among those shortlisted for the role. Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin were the other people who were shortlisted. The only sentiments against De Castro would be the unnecessary expense of her appointment. She would have a bigger compensation as chief justice as well as an enhanced retirement package for only completing 2 months of service. That can be a challenge for her to do what she has to do in a very short time.




The SolGen Approved of the Appointment

Quoting Solicitor General Jose Calida,  “We are elated because her legal brilliance, competence, fairness, and integrity ensure that justice will be well-served during her tenure.” The solicitor general certainly believes that De Castro truly deserves this appointment. Calida was instrumental in the removal of Sereno through his quo warranto petition that confirms that the former President’s appointee was not qualified for the job as voted by the majority of her fellow magistrates. De Castro can only work for the benefit of the public as per the mandate of the current President. That should be very alarming for the opposition right now. 

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Supreme Court Justice: The People Versus Ex-Pnoy’s Naive Political Prostitutes, VP Robredo and CJ Sereno

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Vice President Leni Robredo in support of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who faces potential ouster from the Supreme Court (SC)  said that as the duly-elected Vice President, she “will do everything in her power to right the wrong.” Robredo said this at the Free the Courts forum of the University of the Philippines (UP). She criticizes the quo warranto petition as the “final blow to the justice system. Her reference to herself as the “duly-elected Vice President,” garnered applause from the limited crowd of LP supporters. This is significant because of her questionable status. The recount of the votes in the protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. or Bongbong Marcos is still ongoing. Many of her supporters are even convinced that she’s not the genuine VP because of the anomalies witnessed by real people. She’s just too naive to admit LP’s wicked works during the 2016 election – just like Sereno’s refusal to resign despite the calls from her peers. 







Youtube video by; Rappler

[VIDEO]: Robredo backs Sereno: I will do everything to right this wrong

The Supreme Court Votes

Speculations abound that the Supreme Court will vote on the petition by May 11, 2018, and that the numbers seem to be against the Chief Justice. Some lawyers are protesting the alleged unconstitutionality of ousting a Chief Justice in a route outside of impeachment. Sereno herself said that her colleagues who are unfavorable to her from the start cannot oust her from the position.



Massive  Cheating

There was massive cheating at the polls in 2016. The presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte reportedly got 21 million votes and ended up with only 16 million. The 5 million votes reportedly went to candidate Mar Roxas, who was fourth in the pre-poll surveys — next to Grace Poe and Jojo Binay — but went up to No. 2 after the ballots were counted. Duterte was so far ahead that all the cheating the Liberal Party did was in vain.




LP’s Back-Up Plan

So, failing to put Roxas in the No. 1 position in the presidential race, the LP had to make his vice presidential bet Robredo win at all cost. That’s the reason Bongbong Marcos was leading Robredo, her closest rival, by about 1 million votes on the night of May 14; but the people were shocked to find that she had overtaken him when they woke up the following morning.




Too Naive

Robredo might not know the maneuverings of her own party as she was too naive to even think of cheating. A supporter said that her husband Jesse always won handily in the elections for mayor of Naga City. Therefore she cannot imagine losing even if it against a popular rival such as Marcos. However, she absolutely give-in to those fraudulent acts as soon as she agreed to be LP’s political prostitute. This goes the same to Chief Justice Sereno. The people on the other hand, continue to show forces behind Marcos through their affiliations like the INC’s Guinness record-breaking charity walk and the Marcos Loyalists Movement gatherings nationwide.

Democracy is Working in Makati Versus Ombudsman Morales in Junjun Binay’s Case

Bongbong is our genuine VP

https://www.rappler.com/nation/201942-leni-robredo-statement-sereno-quo-warranto

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Gadon Who Wants Bongbong Marcos as VP is Giving the Supreme Court CJ a Hard Time

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon recently said that Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno could not bring before the SC the decision of lawmakers. He insists that only she could cross-examine witnesses during the proceedings. Gadon filed the impeachment complaints against Sereno. He publicly admits that he wants to “avenge” former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo and the late Chief Justice Renato Corona. In addition, he also wants to make sure that the Vice Presidency goes to Bongbong Marcos.





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[VIDEO]: Justices De Castro, Jardeleza to testify against Sereno – Atty. Gadon



Appeal for the Supreme Court CJ to Resign

Gadon earlier stresses that Sereno should resign to keep the integrity of the body that she is serving. He warns that the Congress Impeachment hearings are brutal. However, the CJ responded that to resign is nor even an option for her. This is allegedly so because she is certain that the case has no legal basis.




The Right to Counsel

Lawyer Jojo Lacanilao, a spokesperson for Sereno, said that the Constitution provides that the Chief Justice “be accorded the right to counsel and the right to cross-examine the complainant and the witnesses through her lawyers. These are the same rights that are guaranteed to every citizen of this country to ensure due process.” Gadon is told to review his law on this matter.



Sereno’s Camp Takes the Case as a Political Process

This political process involved a judicial character the same as that of a criminal prosecution,” Lacanilao said. The House Committee on Justice formally invited Sereno to the next impeachment hearing on Nov. 22. She insinuates that her lawyers will represent her.









Gadon’s Motives

Gadon wants the ones who benefit from the misfortunes of ex-President Arroyo and the late former CJ Corona, like Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno, to be accountable for those.” Gadon also works to assure former Senator Bongbong Marcos’ timely take over to the VP post. He believes that as an appointee of Pnoy, Marcos’ electoral protest against Robredo won’t get the justice it deserves under Sereno’s Supreme Court watch.



http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/17/17/sereno-camp-insists-on-right-to-counsel-says-gadon-should-review-his-law

Gadon Vows to Make Bongbong Marcos VP by Impeaching Supreme Court CJ As Robredo Swears to Block Him




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Bongbong Marcos’ Recount Looks Brighter as Supreme Court CJ’s Impeachment Progresses

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The House justice committee declares that the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has “sufficient grounds.” She is an appointee of Pnoy. The complaint of lawyer Larry Gadon cites at least 27 points against the Chief Justice. This occurs when COMELEC asks for additional time to comply with the SC’s show cause order on Bongbong Marcos’ recount preparation. Will this speed up the VP electoral protest? Sereno vows not to attend the hearings to prioritize her work. However, Marcos is confident that he will soon be Vice President.






Youtube video by; PTV

[VIDEO]: Impeachment complaint vs CJ Sereno, idineklarang ‘sufficient in grounds’




Majority Votes against the Supreme Court CJ

Twenty-five members of the committee voted in favor to declare sufficient grounds for the complaint. Only two opposed it. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman and Dinagat Representative Kaka Bag-ao argued that the sufficiency of grounds must be discussed one by one. Lagman who belongs to the minority, cannot vote. He is not a member of the committee.



Timing Coincides with Recount

The committee is to deliberate if there is probable cause to pursue the impeachment complaint. Committee chairman Reynaldo Umali said this would happen in November when the recount is expected to start. The impeachment session is set to adjourn on October 14. It resumes on November 13.




Alliance with President Du30

Bongbong Marcos confirms that his family was in talks with the President, a political ally. This is to end the previous government’s hunt for billions of dollars worth of national assets deposited by the Marcos patriarch for the welfare of the people at the World Bank. The son insists that they do not need immunity because they are innocent of any wrongdoing. They are willing to help in the proceeding.









The Real Vice President

“We are definitely sure that when the recount starts the true result will emerge and prove that the votes in the vice-presidential election had been incorrectly counted,” Marcos addresses the media during a press conference. It seems that he is really aware of the current moves of the government given the circumstances. Perhaps Sereno’s impeachment and the recount timing is not a coincidence.




https://www.rappler.com/nation/184357-sereno-impeachment-sufficient-grounds

Bongbong confident he will soon be VP