Mga Miyembro ng Coalition for Justice “CFJ” nag-welga sa Senado na paki-alaman nila ang Judicial Independence ng Supreme Court
Senators were cold to the appeal of a group for them to take a stand on the Supreme Court’s decision to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Members of the Coalition for Justice (CFJ) picketed the Senate gate Tuesday as they reiterated their call for senators to stand against the SC’s landmark ruling Friday to remove a sitting Chief Justice on the basis of a quo warranto petition. The group also went to the offices of each senator to personally convince them to support a resolution expressing the opposition against the decision.
Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III, however, thumbed down the possibility of passing such a resolution. He maintained it would be improper, citing the separation of powers of the branches of government.
“I don’t think so (passing a resolution). It’s not proper. We should not interfere with the judiciary in as much as we want to make sure that the judiciary does not interfere with our legislation,” Sotto said in an interview before Tuesday’s session.
Senator Panfilo Lacson, for his part, said he would rather want the Senate to keep its hand off the issue due to lack of jurisdiction.
“Unang una wala kaming jurisdiction. Why? Because the articles of impeachment hindi naman na-transmit. Depende yan kung ang House mag-transmit ng articles of impeachment sa Senado, that’s another matter we have to discuss as a collegial body. Sa ngayon wala kaming dapat paguusapan kasi nasaan ang articles (In the first place, we don’t have juirsdiction. Why? Because the articles of impeachment have yet to be transmitted. That depends if the House of Representatives would transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate, that’s another matter we have to discuss as a collegial body. As for now, we don’t have somthing to discuss, because where are the articles)?” Lacson said.
Sen. Cynthia Villar, meanwhile, said a resolution would have no power over the SC.
“Resolution lang yun (That’s only a resolution), but that has no power,” Villar said.
She said the group’s appeal to the Senate is also ‘”premature” since the House will be the one deciding on whether or not the impeachment proceedings should continue. The CFJ should have gone to the House, she added.
Sen. Nancy Binay said they should follow the process. “Kung walang endorsement ng House (If there is no endorsement from the House), we cannot convene as an impeachment court,” she said.
By Vanne Elaine Terrazola / Manila Bulletin
Senators ‘cold’ to CFJ’s appeal on SC’s decision over Sereno’s ouster