January 21, 2018
Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s camp slammed anew her critics’ alleged “squeeze play” as an attempt to make her resign as her lawyer belittled the testimonies of six associate justices as having little effect on the impeachment case against her.
Sereno’s Lawyer Jojo Lacanilao said that despite the attempts to put the Chief Justice in a bad light, including her supposed lack of support among her colleagues in the SC, she would “continue to fight for judicial independence.”
“Officials of Congress have already asked her (Sereno) to resign. We feel it’s below the belt. This is just a squeeze play for her to resign,” Lacanilao said in an interview on ANC’s Headstart, Friday.
“That’s not going to happen. She will be there. We will ask Congress to actually prove any complaint that they have and (we will face them) in the Senate, and we know we have a strong case,” Lacanilao said.
He said the testimonies of at least six incumbent SC justices had no bearing in the impeachment case because these were purely personal opinions and were not grounds to remove Sereno from office.