Chief Justice: Were lies made to stop reforms?

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 30) — Clusters of lies.

That's how Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno described the allegations in her impeachment complaint.  

"Dahil po sa kumpol-kumpol na mga kasinungalingang ito gusto po bang pigilan ang mga repormang nangyayari?" Sereno said Thursday during a mass organized by her supporters.

[Translation: "Were these lies made to stop the reforms?"]

 

The mass, dubbed "Pray for CJ" was held at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice inside the campus of the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Some of former President Benigno Aquino III's Cabinet appointees attended the mass, including then Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Ging Deles, then Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, and then Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez. Sereno was chosen by Aquino as chief magistrate in 2012.

The Chief Justice said the impeachment complaint filed against her by lawyer Lorenzo Gadon comes at a time when reforms are being implemented in the judiciary.

"Hinihiling ko po kayong magmasid sa aming mga korte, marami na pong nagyayari [I request you to look into our courts, there's a lot happening], electronic courts, automated hearings," Sereno said in her speech.

She said she will continue to fight not just for herself, but for the people and the Constitution.

 

"Hindi po maari na ang truth, justice righteousness na standards sa ating Konstitusyon ay hindi sinusundan ngayon [It should not happen that the truth, justice, and righteousness, the standards set by our Constitution, are not being followed]," she said.

She thanked her supporters and promised she will not give up.

"I'm sure as the sun rises from the east and sets on the west that God's plan will prevail," she added.

In the impeachment case, Gadon accused the Chief Justice of violating the Constitution, corruption, betrayal of public trust, and other high crimes - grounds for officials to be impeached under the 1987 Constitution.

The House Committee on Justice is examining probable cause in the impeachment complaint.

Associate Justice Teresita De Castro on Wednesday testified against Sereno over the alleged falsification of a Supreme Court resolution and alleged tampering of a temporary restraining order - which was originally penned by de Castro herself.

Read more: SC Justice: Sereno's move to alter draft TRO 'grossly unprocedural'

Sereno denied the allegations, and asked for the complaint to be junked.

CNN Philippines' Eimor Santos and AC Nicholls contributed to this report.