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BBC’s Stephen Sackur Interviews Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (Part 1)

4E32BFB5-1F67-4481-B128-126905DD422B.jpegLONDON, Great Britain (The Adobo Chronicles, Berlin Bureau) – Ousted Philippine Supreme Court Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is taking her case to the news media, making the rounds of television shows both in the Philippines and abroad.

She was interviewed by BBC’s Stephen Sackur on the latter’s ‘Hard Talk’ program.

While the interview is still scheduled to be aired at an undisclosed date, The Adobo Chronicles was able to obtain a copy of the broadcast’s transcript, thanks to our man in London, Crispulo Bacud Tappa.

Here’s Part 1 of the interview:

SACKUR:  Welcome to HARDTALK….Madam Maria Lourdes Sereno.

SERENO: Thank you,  Mr. SACKUR. It’s a pleasure to be here on  HARDTALK. 

SACKUR: Let’s get to the point as we have only 15 minutes airtime. How has it affected you that you have been ousted as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines?

SERENO: Before we go any further, can we pray and invoke the presence of the Lord in this  episode? (Hearing this, Sackur makes the sign of the cross as Madam Sereno mumbles a prayer.)

SERENO: In my Christian belief,  we don’t make the sign of the cross. In fact, in my Chamber, whenever we met, I did not allow that practice among my colleagues.

To answer your question, I insist that it was not legal for my co-equals to judge me via Quo Warranto as my case was best  handled by the Senate being an impeachable officer. 

SACKUR: Well, it looks like the justices knew what they were doing applying the rule of ab initio, finding that you were not qualified from the start. That implies that you usurped the position of Chief Justice. You arrogated unto yourself the powers and authority that was not yours from day one of your asumption into office. 

SERENO: Well, that was their opinion but certainly the Senate would probably have a different opinion given a chance to try my case.

SACKUR:  You were a classmate of Ex PNoy. Did that have any bearing at all in your appointment as Chief Justice?

SERENO: I don’t deny that. We have what we call an informal grouping called KKK.

SACKUR: (Surprised) You mean KU KLUX KLAN?

SERENO: 

KABARILAN, (we shoot together)

KACLASSMATE, (we are classmates)

KAKURAKUTAN (We are Corrupt Altogether)

SACKUR: I don’t understand. Please elaborate.

SERENO: In school where we came from, we were trained to be businessmen first and foremost. So, even if PNoy and I had different educational backgrounds, our primordial goal was to make hay while in the government service. We scratched each other’s back. As a lawyer, I gave PNoy sound legal advise to protect his family’s business interest and in return he gave me a lot of opportunities to make my own dough such as when he assigned me to lawyer for the government in the PIATCO case. And later, he  arm-twisted JBC, which broke all rules, and made sure that I got appointed as the youngest Chief Justice.

SACKUR: I see, but there is a time in your life that you should be able to say no to  corruption,  isn’t it?

SERENO: Politics in the Philippines is like swimming in a river. You have a choice to swim with or against the current. Once you are in it, it is a battle for survival. If you want to survive, you need to cling to those who are in power. Resistance will not save you. It will leave you politically and economically dead. 

For Part 2 of the interview, click link below:

https://adobochronicles.com/2018/05/20/bbcs-stephen-sackur-interviews-ousted-chief-justice-maria-lourdes-sereno-part-2/

 

 

 

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Donald Trump Congratulates Duterte For Time Magazine Cover, Says He’s Jealous

94EC8036-7964-49D2-A495-42915C34DC35WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – This week’s issue of TIME magazine features the world’s strongmen on its cover and main story.  U.S. President Donald Trump is not among them, but the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte is.

Today, Trump called Duterte to congratulate him for being afforded the rare honor along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

”I don’t know how you did it, but I’m jealous,”Trump told Duterte during the 5-minute call.

”We should talk more often so I can get some useful advice from you,” Trump told Duterte.

 

 

Rappler’s Maria Ressa Very Worried About Filipinos’ Exodus From Facebook

2BFD9464-3E91-41A2-BBF2-8E227DBE007B.jpegMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) SUBJECT TO FACT-CHECKING BY RAPPLER — Maria Ressa is having sleepless nights.  She is very worried about threats by Filipino netizens to leave Facebook and switch to other social media platforms like VK.com, ELLO and others.

The mass exodus from Facebook was prompted by the social media giant’s recent announcement that it was partnering with Rappler and Vera Files to fact-check news and information on social media.

Ressa is trying to dissuade more exodus from Facebook, even painting those who have switched to VK.com as “working with Russia.”

But in a telephone interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Ressa admitted that the reason she is worried is because she and Rappler may eventually lose their new-found power to censor the Internet, especially their own critics.

”I am also afraid that Mark Zuckerberg might eventually rescind our partnership  once he realizes that Filipinos are leaving Facebook for other social media platforms,” Ressa said.