Sereno: I am ready to lead "people's movement" to hold Duterte accountable - The Daily Sentry

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sereno: I am ready to lead "people's movement" to hold Duterte accountable

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno / photo file (ctto)

We had it coming.

Ousted Maria Lourdes Sereno said that she was ready to lead a “people’s movement” that would hold President Rodrigo Duterte accountable.

Sereno made the statement before her supporters at the University of the Philippines just hours after the Supreme Court rejected with finality her motion for reconsideration.

In her speech, the former chief of justice slammed President Duterte as "blasphemous, self-styled dictator" who weakened the country's democratic institutions.

Sereno stressed that despite losing her position, she would still continue to defend institutions and uphold the dignity of the Filipinos.

"On the birth anniversary of Gat Jose Rizal, the unity we have forged these last months will be the foundation of genuine people's movement that will hold government accountable for its actions and help enlighten Filipinos regarding important national issues the first of which is charter change," Sereno said.

Sereno did not look so affected at all after her removal, this politically flavored speech from Sereno only gives more suspicions that she might run for a senate position in the next elections.

"We're in no mood of jokes, for flipflopping, for lies, for propaganda, for improvisational governance," she said.

"We are fighting the viciousness the president has unleashed against the poor, the women, the religious, the Lumads, the workers whom he has directly or indirectly branded as his enemies." Sereno said.

"We will continue to live the law and fight for our democracy," she said after the SC decision , and added "We are rising. We the people."*

Before the forum, SC voted for the final decision of Sereno’s appeal which resulted to the same 8-6 in favor of her ouster.

During her speech, Sereno pointed out that the country’s democratic institutions have weakened since President Duterte came into power as he allegedly attacked different offices and their leaders.

"The responsibility for the weakening of rule of law is his (Duterte's)," the former chief magistrate said.

Sereno reiterated that she would continue opposing Duterte’s ‘anti-people’s’ policies such as the president’s battle on the South China Sea and his war against illegal drugs.

Sereno warned Duterte that one day, the truth would eventually come out.

If recalled, the former chief justice earned the irk of the president after Sereno repeatedly claimed that Duterte had a hand in her ouster case.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte / photo file (ctto)

 Source: Philstar