Dispatch from Crame No. 220: Sen. Leila M. de Lima’s Statement on Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio’s refusal to attend the impeachment hearing against CJ Sereno at the House of Representatives


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Justice Antonio Carpio is the breath of fresh air in the judiciary today. The most to have a gripe as the most senior Justice to be bypassed for the Chief Justice position, he now exemplifies dignity and circumspection among the justices for refusing to be dragged into the highly politicized impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Sereno.

In so doing, Justice Carpio has managed to preserve whatever integrity and honor is left in the High Court. He now symbolizes both the independence and forthrightness of a Court under siege from the House and Malacañang.

In a time where self-preservation and self-interest dominate the political scene of kowtowing to Malacañang, there are men and women who refuse to be so beguiled by power and protection, but instead stand up for and defend their institutions from the assault of tyranny.

They will all be remembered when this is all over, the few and brave souls who dared to stand up against the impunity of the House and the regime it serves. ###

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