Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr. came to the defense of the three CA magistrates who were threatened with contempt by the House committee in Congress that conducted the inquiry of Governor Imee Marcos’ Ilocos 6.
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[VIDEO]: House Committee, pinagpapaliwanag tungkol sa pag-iisyu ng release order para sa “Ilocos 6”
Congress’ Power Display
The committee voted unanimously to issue a show cause order to the three CA justices. This is for them to explain why they should not be held in contempt for contradicting the legislature’s prerogatives. They ordered the release of the “Ilocos Six” from House detention.
Supreme Court: Separation of Powers
The Supreme Court recognizes the implications of the separation of powers and judicial independence. They express deep concern over the show cause order of the House committee on good government and public accountability, Sereno and Reyes said.
Why Contempt Citation?
Sereno and Reyes added that the House may seek other legal options in questioning the June 9 resolution of the appellate court’s Special Fourth Division. It grants the habeas corpus petition of the six Ilocos Norte officials and employees for humanitarian reasons.
Undemocratic Treatments by Congress
The Congress is too tough to the three appeals court justices: Associate Justices Stephen Cruz, Edwin Sorongon and Nina Antonio-Valenzuela. They issued the release order of the Ilocos 6. Bongbong Marcos even went to the House and to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to plea that they may honor the release order. Alvarez was hesitant at first but later washes his hands on the matter.