Philconsa and groups of farmers asked the Supreme Court to intervene on the CA’s letter to seek an advisory opinion on the unlikely reaction of the Congress with regards to the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus they issued to immediately free the detained Ilocos Norte officials. They also call on the President not to allow the House of such abuses.
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Farmers vs Congress
The Philippine Constitution Association or Philconsa together with two groups of farmers urge the Supreme Court to intervene in the Court of Appeals – House of Representative’s conflict. This pertains to the case of the six Ilocos Norte officials detained for more than a month now for contempt. The farmers also adopt resolutions to denounce the apparent unfairness and opportunism of the ongoing House inquiry. The Congress blames Gov. Imee Marcos for the alleged misuse of tobacco funds which she denies.
Philconsa cites the mandate of the Supreme Court under the Constitution“. The SC is the final arbiter of constitutional questions or legal controversies. It is their duty to interpret and allocate the jurisdictional boundaries of the rights and obligations of the parties involved. Particularly when a writ of habeas corpus is issued.
Manuel Lazaro, Philconsa chair in his letter to the High Court asks the latter to issue a decision to resolve the conflict. “This is the judicial process to enable the Supreme Court to resolve the clashing postures, in order to avert a constitutional crisis,” Philconsa said. The group is among the oldest law organizations in the country. It was founded in 1961 and aims to defend, preserve and protect the Constitution.
Call for Presidential Intervention
“In the remote event the House still refuses to honor and execute the Decision of the Supreme Court in the Administrative Matter, the President shall undoubtedly execute or implement the decision of the Supreme Court, as mandated by his oath of office to preserve and defend the Constitution and execute its laws,” Philconsa said. This plea signifies the call of the farmers themselves for the President to take action.