Sereno says she doesn't want a personalistic service

July 28, 2012 1:19 am 

MANILA, July 27 -– Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday said that she does not want a personalistic service.

Sereno is the third to be interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) during its fourth and last day of panel interview for the 20 nominees for the post of Chief Justice of the SC.

She has been in the law practice for 23 years and is currently the youngest associate justice of the SC.

"I don't want a personalistic service but a community-shared vision," Sereno told the JBC.

Sereno expressed her confidence that she will not lose steam while serving in the Judiciary.

Sereno attributed her passion to her faith in God.

"I am a mentor," she said, adding that, "the law is beautiful."

Sereno said that action program for judicial reform must be updated.

"A leader is someone who can sacrifice the most," she said.

Sereno said that she cannot put herself in a situation which would create conflict of interest.

She said that people should see the high quality of her work as associate justice of the SC.

She said that the people should believe that justices are speaking the truth.

"If I no longer feel pain when I see injustice, I am no longer fit for the job," Sereno said.

She said that presiding over more senior justices is not new to her.

"I am just an option. I am not depriving others of the opportunity to be Chief Justice," she said.

Sereno stressed that they never discussed the figures of just compensation in the Hacienda Luisita case.

"I only presented the formula for just compensation in the Hacienda Luisita case," she said.

Sereno said that her monthly output hit historic high, adding that, she no longer has aged cases.

"SC divisions rendering decisions on cases is necessary for the moment," she said.

However, she said, the problem lies in conflict in decisions of different divisions.

Sereno said that the body of the Constitution should be created to advice division heads to prevent conflict in decisions.

"I believe that justice must also be rendered in a credible manner," she said.

Sereno summarized her judicial philosophy as vision, courage and accountability.

"I must simply apply the law as it is. When we render justice, we mimic the work of God," she said.

She pointed out that there are no factions in the SC. (PNA)

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