EMPLOYEES are set to wear red at the flag-raising ceremony at the Supreme Court this morning to show “love and support” to the 13 magistrates who compelled Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to take an indefinite leave.
Judges and staff in regional trial courts will also wear red today, according to an insider.
“The members of the judiciary support our beloved Supreme Court justices. We believe that their action was for the good of the entire judiciary,” said an officer of an organization of court employees who requested anonymity for lack of authority to speak for their group.
On Thursday, the justices issued a statement clarifying that Sereno had gone on indefinite leave following her spokespersons’ claims that she was just on a 15-day wellness leave.
They said the indefinite leave of the chief justice was a consensus among the justices during their session on Tuesday.
The statement was signed by Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Diosdado
Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano Del Castillo, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Marvic L eonen, Francis Jardeleza, Samuel Martires, Noel Gimenez Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr. and Alexander Gesmundo.
Only Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa did not sign the letter because he was on leave.
Judges and court employees had also held a Black Monday protest in support of then Chief Justice Renato Corona during his impeachment. Today’s mobilization, however, was not in support of his beleaguered replacement.