Sereno douses potentially fiery exchange with Duterte

enablePagination: false
maxItemsPerPage: 10
totalITemsFound:
maxPaginationLinks: 10
maxPossiblePages:
startIndex:
endIndex:

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno pours water on the issue between her and President Rodrigo Duterte — after the President warned of a possible constitutional crisis and a declaration of martial law, if the Judiciary requires arrest warrants for judges in the President’s narco list.

"Many things have been said, the Chief Justice sees no need to add to what are being said," Supreme Court Spokesperson Theodore Te said in a press conference, Wednesday.

In a letter Sereno sent to the President, the Chief Justice said she does not advise the four judges in Duterte’s list to come forward and report to the police if there are no arrest warrants against them.

The Chief Justice also described as “premature” the President’s announcement of names in his narco list.

Watch: Sereno expresses concern over drug list

In response on Tuesday, Duterte told Sereno that given the country's slow judicial process, he could not simply wait for arrest warrants to be issued — while letting drug addicts and pushers roam the streets.

In a speech during his visit to soldiers at Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro, the President posed a question to the country's chief magistrate: "Would you rather I declare martial law?"

Also read: Duterte warns Sereno of crisis, martial law if drug efforts thwarted

Duterte also warned Sereno that he would order the Executive branch not to honor the orders of the Judiciary — that may result to constitutional crisis.