The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) called the Supreme Court decision granting the dubious Quo Warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as deplorable, contemptuous and a contortion of the Constitution.
It is abhorring to see the Supreme Court majority surrender its independence to the political pressure of a co-equal branch of government.
The Decision granting the Quo Warranto petition does not affect the Chief Justice alone. It primarily affects the entire nation as the Supreme Court literally sprawled the red carpet for dictatorial rule. The present dispensation has practically crippled all the democratic institutions that supposedly ensure checks and balances within the government.
The Decision is dishonorable. Where art thou the other paragons of fairness and symbols of justice? Is law being majestic an obvious fiction? Do we all have to go back to law school and relearn or unlearn what we studied? Is there honor of being in the same level and constitution as the charlatans and clowns who mock and distort basic rules of reason by dressing up partisanship with pretentious erudition?
As members of the bar, we are duty bound, under oath, to be dispensers of justice and to protect our freedom and dignity as a nation and as a people.
The gods of Padre Faura literally and stubbornly refused this duty. Instead of a chance at principled redemption, the majority has generously given its brethren, their peers, the entire legal profession and the public at large reason to deny respect and dismiss any belief in the system.
The NUPL calls on all members of the bench and the bar nationwide to step-up the protests against the breakdown of the so-called rule of law and the erosion of judicial independence in all legitimate forms and fora possible.
Today is yet again not another good day to be a lawyer. But we will fight and hold fast. The people we serve deserve no less. #
Edre U. Olalia
Ephraim B. Cortez
NUPL Secretary General