Sereno to judiciary: Keep working, attend to countrymen

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 8) — Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Thursday called on judiciary workers to continue their work professionally amid the ongoing impeachment hearings against her.

"Focus on the work because the work of justice do not stop. Our countrymen need to be attended to. Cases are pending. Every day cases are being filed. There are a lot of injustices that need to be attended," Sereno said at a forum organized by the Voices of Women for Justice and Peace.

Sereno also asked judiciary workers to monitor and check whether judicial independence and the dignity of the judiciary are being endangered.

When asked to comment about the ongoing impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives, Sereno said she already filed her verified answer.

READ: EXCLUSIVE: House Speaker sees probable cause to impeach Sereno

Sereno reiterated that she asked the Lower House to allow her to be present and afford her the right to be represented by counsel.

The House Justice Committee, however, ruled against allowing Sereno's lawyers to speak on her behalf and cross-examine witnesses  at the hearings.

READ: House Speaker: I won't allow Sereno lawyers to cross-examine witnesses

Congressmen insisted Sereno should personally attend her impeachment hearings.

Sereno also said that with her colleagues in the Supreme Court testifying in the hearings, it is important to safeguard judicial dignity and independence.

"Ultimately, everyone has to think about legacy. Everyone has to be conscious of the institution that we are trying to preserve and that is the judiciary," she said