Council of Evangelical Churches to conduct march for Sereno

Published March 3, 2018, 3:02 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Leslie Ann Aquino

Members of the Philippine Council for Evangelical Churches will hold a march on March 6 to show their support for beleaguered Supreme Court Chief Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Bishop Noel Pantoja, PCEC national director, said the march will be held on the day the House Justice Committee is expected to vote on the determination of probable cause to impeach Sereno.

I WILL NOT RESIGN – Embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in her first public appearance after filling her indefinite leave speaks before University of Baguio Law students and members of Baguio legal community, Friday. Sereno said with will not bow to pressure to make her quit but is looking forward to defend herself in the Senate. The CJ will be here for the weekend for speaking engagements. With her is UB Law Dean Pablito Sanidad. – Photo by JJ Landingin and File: MBpictures_March.2018/020318_CJ_Sereno_In_UB_08_JJLandingin
Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (Photo by JJ Landingin/Manila Bulletin file photo)

“The House Committee on Justice is set to vote on March 6, and most expect the panel to impeach Chief Justice Sereno,” he said in a statement.

“However, we the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, believe that she is innocent of the allegations against her. We continue to stand with Chief Justice Sereno,” added Pantoja.

He then urged the members, friends and partners of PCEC to join the March 6 “Martsa ng Bayan, CJ Ipaglaban” gathering which will start at 1:30 p.m. at the TODA Terminal, Commonwealth Ave. cor. Batasan Road in Quezon City.

“Let us all show our support for Chief Justice Sereno and our country’s democracy,” said Pantoja.

“Let us all gather peacefully and prayerfully for the sake of truth, righteousness and justice in our country,” he added.

Last September, the PCEC said the impeachment of Chief Justice Sereno endangers the foundations of the nation’s democratic institutions.

In a statement, PCEC urged President Duterte to recognize Chief Justice Sereno as a “valuable ally” in his fight against all forms of corruption and injustice and for lawmakers to see her as a staunch co-protector of the Constitution and a virtuous co-partner in policy making.

Despite the impeachment complaints lodged against her, the group said they have complete confidence that the Chief Justice unwaveringly demonstrated professional excellence and moral uprightness in performing all duties that are incumbent upon her.

“PCEC endorsed her appointment as Chief Justice without any reservation back in 2012 because we believed she will defend with fairness and justice the Rule of Law and effectuate genuine reform in our country’s judicial system,” Pantoja said at that time.

“We have no reason not to believe it now,” he added.