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DEFEND THE JUDICIARY, DEFEND DEMOCRACY

Statement on the Impeachment Case vs Chief Justice Sereno

We, leaders of FSGO and INCITEGov, view with alarm the filing of two impeachment cases
against our Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. We believe the impeachment
complaint at the House of Representatives is an insidious attempt to immobilize and weaken the
very institutions that our Constitution put in place to check on excesses in executive power. We
see this as part of a bigger strategy to compromise the Commission on Human Rights, the Office
of the Ombudsman and the Commission on Elections all constitutional bodies designed to serve
as checks and balances of governance.

Because the Chief Justice was a conscientious dissenter in the acquittal of former President
Arroyos plunder case and the burial of former President Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani;
because she consistently advocates and upholds the rule of law, due process and human rights
she is now targeted as an obstruction to the administrations war on drugs.

Let us support Chief Justice Sereno, who continues to uphold the values of justice and due
process, the rights of people to live with dignity and in peace. We ask everyone to request their
Congressional representatives to be critical of the impeachment complaint and the chilling effect
it has on conscientious objectors, dissenters and well-meaning citizens who speak out against
the travesty of law, justice and our rights to be free from harm and live in peace. Let us remain
vigilant in these troubled times and speak out so that our fragile democracy may live.

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Signed by leaders and members of Former Senior Government Officials (FSGO) and International
Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov):

1. Karina Constantino-David 10. Mardi Mapa-Suplido


2. Edilberto C. de Jesus 11. Jose Molano Jr.
3. Jose Deles Jr. 12. Imelda N. Nicolas
4. Fulgencio Factoran Jr. 13. Teresita Quintos-Deles
5. Victoria P. Garchitorena 14. Melito S. Salazar Jr.
6. Angelita Gregorio-Medel 15. Antonio F. Salvador
7. Lina Laigo 16. Hector S. Soliman
8. Alberto A. Lim 17. Philip Arnold P. Tuano
9. Narzalina Z. Lim 18. Veronica F. Villavicencio

Contact Persons:
Victoria P. Garchitorena Alberto A. Lim Hector S. Soliman
Email: vickypg@gmail.com Email: bertielim@gmail.com Email: solimanhector@gmail.com

Phone: (02) 634-1334 | Mobile: +639959082701