Associate Justice Marvic Leonen warns his fellow justices recently. He alleged that to leak results of the internal deliberations and draft rulings of the high court are punishable. They violate the confidentiality rule of the tribunal, he added. However, there was no denial of the fact that he exerts efforts to dismiss the case of Marcos against Robredo. This explains why he sits on the case for such a long period of time.
Blocking Public Interest
The SC then orders Times’ reporter Jomar Canlas to explain why he should not be cited for contempt. This is for writing stories based on leaked documents, they pointed out. The same order was issued to Solicitor General Jose Calida. He also files a petition asking Leonen, the ponente of the poll case, to recuse himself based on Canlas’ article. Almost the same time as Marcos. This triggers RObredo to request for an investigation for a possible connivance. However, the palace said that as the people’s lawyer, the SolGen has the right to address public interest that pertains to the law.
Prejudging the Case
Both Marcos and Calida said in their petition against Leonen that Canlas’ story is a proof that he prejudged the case. In his reflections, Leonen wants to dismiss the poll protest against Robredo. This is allegedly for failure of Marcos to specify the acts of fraud, anomalies or irregularities. Without considerations of the widespread cheating in the precincts covered by the protest. Plus the ample evidence and witnesses gathered by concerned individuals. Justice seems to elude Marcos in this regard. That leads Marcos supporters to double their efforts in the 2022 elections.
VP Leni Robredo may not be able to hide her utmost worry that like Supreme Court CJ, she is soon be ousted from her post but she can never refrain from lying. She calls for the support of the public to counter-act the decision against Sereno. It is clear in the constitution that an impeachable officer may be removed through an impeachment trial but not limited to it, contrary to her speech. However, democracy prevails. Majority of the justices voted against her ally. So, the ruling must be followed. The same as she has to vacate the OVP to give way to the real winner of the 2016 VP race.
[VIDEO]: VP Robredo speaks after Sereno is ousted as chief justice
Democracy at the Supreme Court
Various anomalies are found during the recount. Since two years ago, Bongbong Marcos faces many injustices brought about by the Supreme Court rulings by the magistrates that are loyal to the opposition. At the present time, their pro-administration counterparts showed their force by ousting their Chief Justice.
In a speech, Robredo vows that the fight is not yet over. She slams the decision of the Supreme Court to oust Chief Justice Sereno. She said that it is a move which she tarnishes the country’s Constitution. The VP also said that she is concerned with the landmark ruling of the high court. She stresses that the only means to remove an impeachable officer such as Sereno was through impeachment. This is not true according to Solicitor General Jose Calida.
Calida said that the Supreme Court’s decision to oust Sereno “augurs well for the country as it preserves the stability and integrity of the Judiciary.” “This decision is the epitome of its exercise of judicial independence,” Calida said in a statement on May 11. This is just after the SC en banc decided to oust Sereno by a tight vote of 8-6.
Robredo’s Fear is Real
The restless Vice President knows that she is the next one to be removed from office. It is just a matter of time. Judging from the events that unfold, the pattern now reaches the time when an immediate verdict is on its way. If so, the proclamation of Robredo’s rival, Bongbong Marcos is likely to happen very soon. She should have listened to former Vice President Jejomar Binay’s advice in the past. Now, it’s too late to save her face.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro’s earlier testimony is supported by two other justices. She calls on the attention of the chief justice ever since. They claim that after 5 years, Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno still fails to ask the en banc. De Castro even asked; Until when will we suffer? As she implies on Sereno’s dictatorship at the SC. Bongbong Marcos, on the other hand, said that Sereno’s plight must not affect the recount for his election protest in February 2018 against Leni Robredo. Their proceeding is under the Tribunal. It might be favorable not to have an anti-Marcos as Chief Justice in a long run but for now, he can only see further delay in the ruling if she is impeached.
[VIDEO]: Four justices of the Supreme Court – 3 incumbent and one retired – stand as witnesses in the impeachment case filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Justices Criticize Sereno’s Dictatorship
Several associate justices of the Supreme Court openly criticize Chief Justice Sereno for mistakes she apparently makes during her 5-year term. “I believe that the actions of the chief justice from the time that she assumed her position showed no respect or courtesy to the court en banc,” said Associate De Castro. The House committee on justice continues to hear the impeachment case against Sereno.
Disregarding the En Banc
“I do not disagree with the characterizations made by Deputy Speaker Hernandez,” said Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza. He refers to South Cotabato 2nd District Representative Ferdinand Hernandez. Hernandez asks the SC justices if they are insulted by Sereno’s apparent habit of making decisions on her own. This is without consulting the en banc which refers to all 15 justices of the Supreme Court, including Sereno.
Advice to the Supreme Court CJ
“We are a very small group in the Supreme Court. I would tell her, don’t go that route. You are getting what you want through these devious means that are not right,” added retired associate justice, Arturo Brion. The House committee deliberates over 7 hearing days a complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon against Sereno. Among his allegations is that Sereno curtailed the power of the Supreme Court en banc, a collegial body, by making decisions on her own.
Complaints that Led the Impeachment Case
Aside from Sereno’s alleged dictatorship, the establishment of the Regional Court Administrator’s Office (RCAO) in Region VII is also under scrutiny. These are on top of t the issuance of a temporary restraining order in the proclamation of party-list group winners and the transfer of the Maute cases from Marawi City to Taguig City. The committee is set to vote by January 2018 – whether to accept or reject it.