MANILA-- Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday honored the country's fallen heroes in celebration of 119th Philippine Independence Day.
Our country remembers today all those who have fought for and continue to fight for our country's freedom and sovereignty. We celebrate the valor of our fallen heroes present and past, all of who sacrificed lives and wealth, safety and comfort, Sereno said in a statement.
She added that the judiciary pays homage to all Filipino heroes draws inspiration from them, reflects with sorrow on the fallen in Marawi and renews its commitment to the people to defend their freedoms.
June 12, 1898 was a day our forefathers, armed only with an indomitable faith in the Filipino's destiny, fought for and won at great cost, they charged though the most difficult obstacles so that our nation could live free. Their DNA lives on today in all those who continue to give all they have to ensure that our nation remains free' the Chief Justice added.
Meanwhile, Sereno has begged off from the invitation to raise the Philippine flag at the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan for Independence Day to prepare for the oral arguments on petitions against President Rodrigo Duterte's martial law proclamation in Mindanao.
"She and the other members of the Court En Banc have been preparing to discharge their constitutional duty to review the petitions and hear arguments," the high court said in a statement.
"For this reason, she has begged off in order that she and the other members of the Court can attend to the preliminary conference and the oral arguments," the high court added.
The SC has scheduled a preliminary conference on Monday and oral arguments on June 13, 14 and 15 to hear three separate petitions filed seeking to nullify the 60-day martial law in Mindanao.
A total of five martial law-related petitions have been filed with the Supreme Court. Three of the petitions filed by the minority bloc from Congress, residents of Mindanao with members of cause-oriented groups and women from Marawi City challenged the factual declaration of Martial Law. The three petitions have been consolidated and will be heard for three consecutive days.
Last year, the Chief Justice led the Independence Day flag raising rites at the Quezon City Hall grounds.
Source: Philippines News Agency