SC: Give Sereno time to review media relations tack

Posted at 09/11/12 7:06 PM

MANILA - Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's Communicator on Judicial Reforms, Deputy Court Administrator Raul Villanueva, assured members of the media covering the Supreme Court beat that the new chief magistrate is in the process of studying how best to communicate the high court's concerns and programs to the public.

This is in the wake of Sereno's pronouncement that the SC, under her watch, will be maintaining a position of "dignified silence" when the high court is best seen through its collective efforts and Justices heard "through their writings."

"Let's give her a little more time," Villanueva said.

Sereno, herself, asked for time and patience from the public and officials and employees of the Judiciary as she embarks on a "period of reflection" with her new role as chief magistrate.

Both the Juror and Jucra press offices covering the Supreme Court are at a loss on how to deal with the transition from the old practice of having just one spokesperson of the Supreme Court, Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, addressing queries from the media and public across all issues, to the "dignified silence" rule of the Sereno Court.

Villanueva said in due time, the press corps' concerns will be addressed.

Villanueva gave reporters a briefing on judicial reforms on Tuesday, along with Quezon City Judge Filomena Singh who was designated by Sereno last Friday as a resource person on judicial reforms.

Villanueva and Singh gave updates on the Rules of Procedure on Small Claims, promulgated during the time of Chief Justice Reynato Puno, and the Guidelines of Litigation for Quezon City Courts, promulgated by the high court during the term of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

These reforms, which are intended to speed up the disposition of cases, were passed upon by the high court en banc and will remain carried over unless amended or recalled by the collegial court.