Senator Joker Arroyo warns God’s Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno on claims to infallibility

Just less than a month in office, newly-appointed Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno is already coming across as the beleaguered hapless “servant” that she pitches herself as. She should’ve been careful of what she wished for when she invoked the imagery of the martyr-like divinely-appointed “humble servant” that she used to pitch herself to the media. Her claim to her elevation to the post of Chief Justice being “God’s will” drew some reportedly snarky commentary from Senator Joker Arroyo…

Trying to look serious, Arroyo recalled Sereno’s statement at the flag-raising ceremony and quoted newspaper accounts of the Chief Justice saying “she is there because of God’s will, not Malacañang’s will or the President’s.”

“Can you imagine that? When we talk about ex cathedra, that means infallibility, I hope (Sereno) doesn’t think that way because that’s not good. That doesn’t allow for dissent,” he warned.

That flag-raising ceremony Arroyo was referring to, incidentally, was Sereno’s first one as Chief Justice. The ceremony, held on Monday, the 3rd September, was noted for what many considered to be a snub by no less than seven of the fourteen Supreme Court justices Sereno will be presiding over as the country’s top magistrate…

Absent were Associate Justices Antonio Carpio, Teresita Leonardo De Castro, Presbitero Velasco, Arturo Brion, Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin. Associate Justice Martin Villarama, who is also more senior to Sereno, was also a no-show.

Sereno, of course, did not have much of a choice but to put up a smiley brave face in front of the public following that incident where she is now widely-quoted for saying that, “[her appointment to the post of Chief Justice] is neither the work of man nor of any political bloc. This is not a product of lobbying from business or economic interests but by God who knows all the plan of our nation.” To be fair to Sereno, deferring to “God” in the absence of any readily-comprehensible reason for why things happen is a cultural tradition in the Philippines. In a sense, she is effectively implying that the perceived “snub” by these SC justices will likely be dealt with in the “afterlife” where, as many Filipinos believe, “true justice” will be served.

Just the same, Malacañang is not risking erosion of the value of its prized investment to the media onslaught, dispatching its top communications lieutenant to the task of talking up the market…

Communication Secretary Ricky Carandang on Tuesday sought to steer clear of the reported snub by seven justices of Sereno’s first flag-raising ceremony on Monday, but said the public expected her colleagues to give her a chance to prove herself.

“I don’t want to speculate on why some of the justices did not appear at the flag ceremony,” he said. “What’s clear is that the Supreme Court has a new leader; no one is questioning that.”

Of course, nobody would want to officially speculate on such matters. But that does not necessarily mean that said speculation won’t happen behind closed doors, in chicharon parties, and in the Wild-Wild West of social media and tabloid “reporting”. Indeed, media justice served Uncle Peping’s Yellow Army quite well as they were doing their slash-and-burn cultivation of the Supreme Court lackey farm early this year. The thing with Pied Pipers, however, is that they have nasty habits of eventually turning on their masters’ children.


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Impaler Triumphant

A little off-topic: is it true that Former CJ Renato Corona sent Carpio a smiley when he found out that Sereno got appointed? 🙂

It made me laugh.


Corona: Carpio?
Carpio: What?
Corona: Support my impeachment, they said.
Carpio: I would get your post, they said!



Sereno now using PNoy’s “God’s will”.


Sereno strikes me as a little off-tangent, holier-than-thou, smart but with a bad temper. In short, mukhang plastic.


God’s will because she got in despite a failed psych test?

Poor Sereno, she has yet to pen/decide a case as a CJ but she has already been bushwhacked by nitpickers and rabid anti-everything-about-this administration. The latest muckraker, the choleric looking Joker Arroyo, trying to be in circulation again. reportedly made this statement “she is there because of God’s will, not Malacañang’s will or the President’s.” “Can you imagine that? When we talk about ex cathedra, that means infallibility, I hope (Sereno) doesn’t think that way because that’s not good. That doesn’t allow for dissent,” he warned. I say, let’s wait for Sereno to perform and afterwards on the basis of… Read more »
Der Fuhrer

Is this also God’s will or the power madness of the current political insanity? Please see the link below…


Diba siya din ang senador na bumoto ng “not guilty” upang mapawalang sala ang tax evader, mandarambong, magnanakaw at maka Gloria na si Corona? Alam na kung sino ang pinapanigan ng senador na ito.


When things get really uncomfortable for Chief Justice Sereno, she can ask her boss to intercede. PersiNoy-inoy can coral a hundred congressmen into a room to sign an impeachment document.


“What’s clear is that the Supreme Court has a new leader; no one is questioning that.”

Ricky Carnandang.

You can almost imagine him saying “The Emperor foresaw it”. Cue the Dark Side of the Force music.

SC MaLAS must advocate and persuade harder to her god or else as we all know (bilog ang mundo), PNoy politics is a spin-the-wheel game, SC MaLAS must pray very very hard to her god appointee to spare her from the same fate of CJ Corona, she must do all the prayer offerings to her god to prevent the possibility of Lakas merging with UNA then run-sacking the majority of the Congress to impeach her. Since day one as SC-Aso-Jus-MaLAS, i know her already as one big liar. Remember Mr. Tiglao’s column? each and every part of Mr. Tiglao’s… Read more »
Domingo Arong


Other than the newly-God-appointed, CJ Sereno, the Bible mentions at least another person — ST. PAUL — who likewise claimed that “God has appointed” him too, and this is found in St. Paul’s letter to Timothy, his disciple, at 2 Timothy 1:11 —

“God has appointed me as an apostle and teacher to proclaim the Good News.”

Der Fuhrer

Did not BSA the great leader(described in PDI as the greatest prez) make a similar statement? Hmm… I saw two versions:
1.”God is on my side.”
2.”God is on our side.”

The subliminal propaganda message seems to express that BSA has been blessed by divine intervention, his credentials are from God and that he has a divine connection with heaven. This makes BSA as qualified as his mother for the conferment of “sainthood” and the commissioning of a painting.

Gott Mitt Uns! Noy-Noy uber alles!

Hyden Toro
If you read the Christian Bible. God’s prophets were anointed. Some go to unbelievable hardships. Some have good discernment. They don’t use their knowledge or brains. But, the wisdom of the Holy Spirit of God. Most will not tell you…he or she is a prophet. They just work miracles, and do the will of God. The prophet Isaiah came from an aristocratic family. Some were tree trimmers and farmers, like the prophet Joel. The Apostle Paul was a tent maker. Unfortunately, I cannot find any Supreme Court Justice…or head of the Jewish Sanhedrin, who became a prophet of God.Or, as… Read more »
INTERPRETING AND CONSTRUCTING MEANING Sereno’s message ought to be seen from her role reinforcing the court’s independent stance on issues. The context cannot be removed from the content of the message. The message was delivered primarily for the court employees to reinforce Sereno’s expectations of their role in the delivery of justice system. A textual analysis would yield that she chose to attribute her appointment as God’s work to highlight her belief that she is not beholden to any political bloc or economic interests. A structural analysis would yield that she chose God (not promoting any specific religion) as her… Read more »
Der Fuhrer

As an aside… Is BSA also claiming infallibility and impunity for acts of political opportunism and expediency? Please see the links below…

Der Fuhrer

Sereno and the danger of religious fanaticism…
Please see the link below…


Why is it that it it seems to me that both these Leila de Lima and Sereno are the pormang bastusin types.

Isko ng Galit

I believe God, if He indeed exists, intends to let the shit accumulate, so He can eventually obliterate the old order, whether by a war with China, unpreparedness for natural calamities, a violent civil war/coup d’etat/revolution against the government, or all of the above.

This country’s been going down into hell on earth for the last century. Perhaps “God” feels the need to put us out of our misery.