Monday, December 19, 2011

On Corona Impeachment: Part of Historic Nation-Building

Who is the supreme power behind the Constitution? Is it the Supreme Court, the arbiter of disputes and the interpreter of the Legislature's dreams?


No.


It is the Filipino People damned it, and sovereignty, that phrase that gives rise to powers and leads to the downfall of some, is not owned by anyone except the People.


Are all institutions of governance infalliable? No. That's why there are checks and balances in place to ensure that every branch of governance toes the constitutional path that the Founding Fathers intend this country to tread.


The common problem is that criticisms arise when the path taken by the leaders are not the path envisioned by the Founding Fathers.


Take the case of Jesuit Father Bernas. In Bernas' view, you cannot comment anything for or against the Supreme Court of the Philippines because it might jeopardize the very democracy of this Nation.


So, that means that the Chief Justice is God, and no one can ever question his "wisdom" inspite of his apparent partiality and a string of decisions favoring just one elite clique?


That means also that we cannot question the Supreme Court's conduct, the propriety or impropriety of its actions? For example, asking the wife of the Chief Justice why she occupies five positions in a government owned and controlled corporation and deriving income from all of these?


How about the Chief Justice amassing unexplained wealth during his less than a decade career in the Court? Are we, the People, not entitled of questioning such things?


Probably Bernas thinks that we are still living in Spanish times where indios like me, and ilustrados like Noynoy Aquino are not allowed to ask questions about the State of Things?