Sereno: A 'movement for justice' has been born

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 21) — Following her ouster, former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes believes a "movement for justice" is already underway.

"I have already committed that a movement must come out of all of this," Sereno told CNN Philippines' The Source on Monday. "We cannot allow such a sad part of our history to not have a redemptive value."

Sereno said the movement will campaign for "justice and accountability." She added it should be "organic — galing sa tao [from the people]."

"That movement — I think it has already been born, but it will be made stronger," she said. "I think we have to have a new way of looking at justice."

A source from Sereno's camp said it was possible this movement could "spring from the existing Coalition for Justice."

The Coalition for Justice is a multi-sectoral organization that mobilized support for Sereno as she faced the quo warranto proceedings.

Sereno raised the existence of the movement when she talked about her course of action should the Supreme Court stick to its decision ousting her. The former Chief Justice is set to appeal the controversial decision on or before May 30.

She said that she spoke to many people on the ground.

"Apparently the thing of injustice is an experience being suffered by so many Filipinos on a daily basis, ang daming kailangang ayusin sa bansa na ito [there is much that needs to be fixed in this country]," said Sereno.

When asked about her role in the supposed movement, Sereno answered, "I intend to make myself useful."

If the Supreme Court would reverse its decision, then she would concentrate on rebuilding the judiciary. She maintained that the landmark decision ousting her set a dangerous precedent and rendered all justices and impeachable government officials vulnerable.

"I am willing to really walk the humble walk," said Sereno. "It's just that I have to make sure that parameters are clear: we are a body that presides on the basis of our independent views."

Sereno's remarks come after groups from Mindanao on May 19 turned to her with complaints about abuses under martial law.

While House Justice Committee Chair Rey Umali did not mention a supposed "movement," he believes Sereno is being considered by the Liberal Party ticket as a senatorial bet.

She was not among the six candidates fielded by the opposition coalition, dubbed the "Resistance." It is comprised of the Liberal Party, Akbayan, and Magdalo, and the organization Tindig Pilipinas.

However, Liberal Party President Kiko Pangilinan did not shoot down the possibility of Sereno running under their party.

"We have to have strong women in our ticket," he said.