MANILA, Philippines – As the House of Representatives steps up its train of its impeachment energy by tackling the grievance towards Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, a gaggle of attorneys warned such “rituals” could weaken the independence of the judiciary and usher in a “tyrannical rule.”
The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) stated Thursday that within the context of “present realities,” the impeachment strikes towards the Chief Justice would solely serve to undermine the independence of the judiciary and dilute the separation of powers and checks and balances.
“It is essentially not about the office holder that is the issue. It is about the office being truncated by the other wild, more aggressive branches,” Edre Olalia, NUPL president stated in an announcement.
“These supposed democratic safeguards against autocratic rule are being speedily disposed of ironically under the pretensions to good government,” he added.
Olalia warned that “when the partisan blindfolds are removed, we should see that tyrannical rule is being institutionalized through the trappings of rituals by insidious decapitation of those who will not toe the line or who would stand in the way of self-righteous monopolization of political power.”
“These judgmental maneuvers might end in a docile Court disrobed of independence and credibility, dismissing seats for dissent and divergence, nay reason, common sense and conviction. Then woe to all those who have to come to court already cynical, frustrated and disillusioned as they already are. Then justice slayed is justice denied,” he stated.
In a separate assertion, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV stated, “Si Duterte na nagpapatay ng libo-libong Pilipino at nagnakaw ng bilyon-bilyon, binasura ninyo yung impeachment, pero si CJ Sereno na bumili diumano ng SUV, gusto nyo nang i-impeach agad, Galing nyo!”[You hurriedly dismissed the impeachment complaint against President Duterte who killed thousands and stole millions; but you want CJ Sereno impeached quickly allegedly for buying an SUV. You’re really good!].
In a listening to Wednesday, September 13, the House committee on justice, with principally administration allies, discovered the impeachment grievance filed by lawyer Lorenzo Gadon towards Sereno enough in kind and substance. The panel will formally inform the Chief Justice of the results of the listening to and can ask her to answer the allegations in 10 days.
In his opening assertion, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, chairperson of the panel, underscored Congress’ energy of impeachment.
He additionally acknowledged that impeachment is a political train and that the ultimate determination rests on the elected representatives.
Aside from the Sereno grievance, an impeachment grievance had additionally been filed towards Commission on Election chairperson Andres Bautista. A grievance was additionally submitted to the Office of the Speaker towards Vice President Leni Robredo, but it surely has no endorsers but.