Court employees chide colleagues for joining ‘Red Monday:’ Boss pa rin natin si Sereno
Leaders of the Philippine Association of Court Employees (PACE) have been questioned by some of its members in joining the “Red Monday” calling for the resignation of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.
PACE, a nationwide organization with 25,000 members, was one of the groups that joined last Monday’s flag-raising protest at the Supreme Court.
The groups that also took part in the activity were the Philippine Judges Association (PJA), Supreme Court Employees Association (SCEA), Supreme Court Assembly of Lawyer Employees (SCALE) and the Sandiganbayan Employees Association (SEA).
“With all due respect, we should not take sides. Pare-pareho natin po silang mga boss. Dapat po sa gitna lang tayo kasi sobra na tayong katawa-tawa,” a court employee said in an open letter posted in PACE’s official Facebook page.
A court employee also criticized their leaders in a separate post for not consulting their members before joining “Red Monday.”
For their part, PACE leaders responded: “Please be informed that this is a decision of your officers who you elected to said positions. The move was also relayed to the respective president of the lower court association.
“The manifesto is a plea for peace within the judiciary whose being put to a bad light due to the brewing issues. Despite the current situation the judiciary is in, your officers are relentless in working for the upliftment of each and everyone’s working conditions. There is no politics here. No sides taken except the side of the Judiciary as a whole.”