Sereno: If they can do this me, who is safe in this country?

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Cebu City (CNN Philipbpines, April 5) — Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is now on the offensive.

She poured her heart out and gave her strongest statement yet not just on her impeachment case but also on her quo warranto case.

Speaking at an event in Cebu Thursday, Sereno said she did not compromise anything – dismissing political forces and economic interests.

If you continue this kind of leadership, she added, be ready to pay the price.

The Chief Justice said she voted against important legislation and initiatives of her appointing authority, former President Benigno Aquino III, proof of her fight for judicial independence.

And this consistency has been shown under the present administration.

Sereno mentioned what she called "perjured impeachment complaint" of Atty. Larry Gadon, and said she hoped the House Justice Committee would have enough wisdom to dismiss it.

But it didn't turn out that way.

Still, they looked for evidence against her.

She jokingly asked why they have not also subpoenaed her high school records.

She repeated her request to let her Senate impeachment trial begin because she believes there's an apparent conspiracy to deprive her of such right.

The Chief Justice said this fight was not only about her.

"I ask nothing but my day in court. I ask nothing but observance of my due process rights. The Chief Justice is asking for nothing but the most basic justice be given her. If they can do this to me – the Chief Justice – who is safe in this country?"

Sereno also talked about her quo warranto case where she's expected to appear before her colleagues next week

"That's why I object in the strongest of language to this curve ball they’ve thrown my way in the form of an illegal quo warranto petition. The Constitution outlines one way by which an impeachable officer can be removed through an impeachment. Why are they changing the rules?" she said.

Sereno said people who have not seen her or know her story attacked her from "head to bottom." But she pointed out she would not cower in fear.

Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide also discussed Sereno's legal battles – from the impeachment hearings at the House Justice Committee which he called "a spectacle," to the quo warranto case where Davide said a majority of the members of the Supreme Court would sit as judges against Sereno, but many of whom testified against her.

What's more alarming for him are the resignation calls of some judges and court personnel.

He said, "I commend and congratulate the courage of the Chief Justice. Never equal in any language in standing for the judiciary announcing that she will not resign and will face the impeachment trial. Here's a Chief Justice willing to die for the judiciary's independence and integrity.