CJ Sereno gets ‘baptism of fire from farmers

A PICKET rally by the militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) greeted newly appointed Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno’s first day in office at the Supreme Court warning that a reversal of the Hacienda Luisita verdict and anti-peasant decisions will be unacceptable to the peasantry.

“This protest is the peasantry’s baptism of fire for newly installed Chief Justice Sereno and the Aquino court,” says KMP deputy secretary general Randall Echanis.

“Sereno’s 18 years as Chief Justice is tantamount to Aquino’s reversal of the April 24 Hacienda Luisita verdict. Her appointment forms part of the Cojuangco-Aquino’s grand maneuver equal to the non-distribution of Hacienda Luisita,” says Echanis.

“An anti-farmer decision on controversial cases pending before the courts like the coco levy funds, Hacienda Looc, Hacienda Yulo, and the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport (Apeco), will face the strongest condemnation and resistance from the Filipino peasantry,” the peasant leader said.

Echanis also said that Sereno’s 18 years as Chief Justice would not be smooth sailing claiming that the new Chief Justice will not be free from political attacks.

“Sereno’s appointment was borne out of Aquino’s tyrannical tendencies. She will be very vulnerable to another tyranny from Aquino himself and beyond,” Echanis warned.

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