By Ben Rosario
Liberal Party stalwarts are encouraging former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to join the opposition’s senatorial ticket in next year’s elections.
Barely a day after Sereno lost a bid to reverse a decision of her former SC colleagues to remover her as a top magistrate, Reps. Teddy Baguilat (Ifugao) and Edgar Erice (Caloocan City) issued statements backing Senator Francis Pangilinan’s suggestion that for Sereno to consider leading the opposition.
Sereno was appointed to the High Court as an associate justice and eventually, as chief justice by former President Benigno Aquino III of LP.
Baguilat has launched a Twitter poll survey asking followers whether or not Sereno should joint the 2019 senatorial race.
“Now CJ Sereno should carry on her fight for an independent judiciary. She owes that to her country. She needs a platform,” said the opposition solon.
He added:”I hope our party drafts her into the senate resistance slate.”
Baguilat was LP’s candidate for speaker which he lost to incumbent Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
Erice, who is with Baguilat in the Magnificent 7 opposition bloc in the Lower House, said Sereno can be an asset in pursuing the opposition’s advocacy in upholding the rule of law.
“The Senate needs someone like CJ Sereno,” said Erice.
“At this point in time, the opposition must all possible forces in order to provide check and balance,” he stated.
The Caloocan City lawmaker added: “Sereno’s advocacy, knowledge and commitment to uphold the rule of law can be very beneficial to the cause of the opposition and eventually in the Senate.”
A few days before the High Court released its first ruling ousting Sereno as chief justice last month, the former top magistrate told reporters that she has no plans of running for public office, particularly for senator, at that time.