Miriam- Santiago Perspective
Miriam Defensor-Santiago has asked newly appointed Chief Justice
Ma. Lourdes Sereno to release the results of the psychological tests
on the nominees for the highest judicial position.
Santiago noted Sereno has been the subject of injurious comments about
her official lead, and the congressperson trusted that these originated from
Sereno’s “foes inside the SC (Supreme Court).”
“I imagine that the majority of this is extremely ruinous to the legal as a
foundation, so however much as could reasonably be expected, I figure she
should require push to have the JBC, (of) which she is presently the seat,
discharge the aftereffects of the mental trial of the candidates,” Santiago said.
In any case, Senator Edgardo Angara disapproved of the issue of mental tests
and the standard on which the tests are based.
“Who judges whether your mental test is low or beneath the rational soundness
level? Who chooses whether it is up to the standard or not?” asked Angara, a
For Sereno’s situation, Angara believed that the issue would be on her personality.
“Demeanor is vital, and I’m stating that there may be no benchmark on what is the
worthy mental limit,” Angara said.
In the interim, Miriam Defensor-Santiago prescribed that Sereno put forth a straight
out expression on reports that she has excluded in her SALN (explanation of advantages,
liabilities and total assets) the remuneration she got when she participated in the case
of the Philippine International Air Terminals Co. (Piatco) case.
The congressperson said straightforwardness on the issue would enable the new
Chief Justice in guaranteeing uprightness of the Supreme Court under her 18-year to watch.
Subject of Reactions
Miriam Defensor-Santiago cautioned that Sereno may turn into the subject of more
reactions following the “unpretentious messages” sent by senior SC judges who
supposedly reprimanded her pledge taking functions and a lunch get-together
arranged in her respect.
“After the snapshot of triumph, there is dependably the truth that the SC judges,
especially the seniors, are to a great degree miserable over the way that she
bounced the prompt… They look on it like any development as a genuine unsettling
influence of the present request,” Miriam Defensor-Santiago said.
Additionally the representative perceives the President’s energy to choose
the SC boss, she predicts an “isolated court” if different judges don’t bolster Sereno’s authority.
In a related improvement, the SC discharged last August 29 the SALN of the considerable
number of judges.
Furthermore relate Justice Mariano del Castillo was the wealthiest among the SC’s 14 judges
in 2011. Del Castillo had a proclaimed total assets of P108,904,519.37.
Nevertheless delegated Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno came in tenth on the
rundown with a total assets of P18,029,575.51.
Besides Sereno’s total assets expanded by about P270,000 with respect to her 2010 SALN,
which she had prior discharged in an abridged shape. Sereno was selected to the high court in 2010.
Meanwhile Associate Justice Arturo Brion rundown a total assets among the 14 officers with P1,498,509.
The total assets of whatever remains of the SC judges for 2011 are as per the following:
Antonio Carpio – P79,895,025.57; Bienvenido Reyes – P75,146,199; Estela Perlas-
Bernabe – P67,101,327; Roberto Abad – P42,100,000; Jose Mendoza – P27,408,152.36;
Diosdado Peralta – P22,642,264.73; Martin Villarama, Jr – P19,074,165.20; Lucas Bersamin
Jose Perez – P9,380,000; Teresita de Castro – P7,941,000; and Presbitero Velasco, Jr.