A Spanish-descent billionaire has already spent P50 million in campaigning Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno so she can still stay in office. This is according to Rigoberto “Bobi” Tiglao, the former Philippine Ambassador to Cyprus and Greece, as appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in October 2005.
That such ads are expensive, P500,000, bolsters the report I’ve received that a Spanish-descended tycoon has been funding—spending P50 million so far—the massive PR campaign to keep Sereno at her post.” Tiglao wrote on his Manila Times column on Wednesday, entitled ‘Leftists support Sereno, the Hacienda Luisita champion in the SC.’
Tiglao was referring to the 2-page statement supporting CJ Sereno that has been published in several broadsheets recently. Signatories include Senators Kiko Pangilinan, Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes, former vice president Teofisto Guingona Jr, former senator Rene Saguisag, and former CHR chairperson Etta Rosales.
According to Tiglao, most of the signatories are Catholic priests and nuns, and social and civil society leaders inclined with the leftist. And as he suggests, these personalities are not lawyers so they have no academic qualifications to speak on whether something is legal or not, and are ignorant about the quo warranto case filed against CJ Sereno.
“The most disgusting thing about this statement is that leftists – actually Communist Party cadres – like Bayan Muna current and former representatives Carlos Zarate, Neri Colmenares and Teddy Casiño as well as former high-ranking party official and Duterte’s former social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo, are among the signatories.” He added.
Tiglao said he also surprised that leftists and clerics (including Australian nun, Sister Patricia Fox) are now supporting Sereno, considering that they are supposed to be devoted to the poor’s welfare. “I wouldn’t discount the possibility though that they have long been placed in the payroll of the Spanish mestizo billionaire.” He said further.
Last Wednesday, CJ Sereno and Sister Patricia Fox were both guest speakers on Tuesday at the Women on Fire Forum at Adamson University in Manila. In her speech, the embattled chief justice recited a Filipino poem, dedicated to the 71-year Australian nun, noting that they were both suffering the same fate under the Duterte administration.