BY insisting a pre-trial to determine if the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Renato Corona was verified by the 188 congressman who signed it, retired Justice Serafin Cuevas is setting out on a dangerous path that could be taken advantage of by anti-democratic forces.
It appears that Cuevas is preparing the basis for asking the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the on-going impeachment trial through a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), a very dangerous move that could possibly trigger a constitutional crisis and possible governmental paralysis.
Since the Supreme Court has no police power there is no way for it to enforce its decision should it favorably decide on the TRO petition while the Senate, which considers Congress as the sole authority in impeachment and trial of impeachable officials, would surely reject the TRO as an attempt to interfere on what it considers an exclusive jurisdiction.
To prevent an impasse the executive department, another co-equal branch of the government, would likely be forced to intervene. Since it is openly hostile to Corona, any TRO issued by the SC would be considered product of a biased judgment.
Take note that Corona, like the 11 other justices of the 15-man Supreme Court, are appointees of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, one of the major reasons why the controversial chief justice was impeached and why judicial reforms are badly needed.
It is the precisely reaction of the executive department to prevent a deadlock that would be used as a pretext by forces seeking to destabilize the current administration to stop the on-going, although limited but already hurtful, governmental reforms.
Every law enthusiasts, including law students, knew that in this instance any move to secure a TRO is just dilatory and had no reasonable bearing on the issue at hand.
It would be beneficial for all if the defense would just concentrate in disproving the allegations against Corona and wait for the Senate’s verdict.
I just wish Cuevas won’t tempt fate.
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The Dr. Juan G. Nolasco High School Class of 1987 will be having its silver reunion dubbed “87@25: Twenty-Five Years of Friendship” on January 28, 2012 (Saturday) 4 p.m. at the Main Lobby of the new DJNHS Building along Tioco Street in Tondo.
Headed by its President Ms. Joann Dy-Suriaga, the batch will also visit the Home-for-the-Aged in Tayuman on January 21 to do some charity work followed by a motorcade and house to house invitation to all alumni.