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Supreme Court
Ronald Roy — Sept. 4, 2014

No group of people can subsist without an agreed set of rules designed to promote their collective welfare. Without that set of rules known as the Law, disorder will prevent them from developing into an organized, progressive and happy community or, if you will, society. Question: Do we Filipinos presently live in an organized, progressive and happy society? Excuse me? Well, you said it, I didn’t.
The Law consists of a fundamental body of rules, principles and rights called the Constitution, statutes, judicial rulings, ordinances of LGUs, and rules and regulations of government bodies, agencies and offices. Through various modes, we the people author, revise and amend the Constitution with the power of sovereignty, both Houses of Congress craft the statutes with the power of the purse, while the rest are fashioned by their respective governing boards and councils.
The Law is implemented by the Executive Department headed by the President wielding the power of the sword, and the Judiciary headed by the Supreme Court, interprets the Law in one: settling justiciable disputes and two: judging in all cases whether the Law is consistent with our welfare, along with a concomitant final authority to act with the power of the pen.
These three co-equal and coordinate branches of government are meant to function in a way not disruptive to a system of checks and balances among themselves. This interrelationship defines our sovereign declaration that the government belongs to us and is to be operated only by us for our own benefit — a paraphrase of Lincoln’s definition that “democracy is a government of the people, for the people and by the people.”
This is how our democracy should be working; if this balance is upset, our democracy is imperiled and we the sovereign citizens get into trouble. Any person who upsets this balance commits the most grievous crime conceivable — a wrong so heinous as amounts to treason — very especially if that person happens to be, of all people, the President of our Republic.
The cited powers do not inhere within their respective branches. They are derivative, granted as they have been by the three branches’ creator, the sovereign citizenry, with the latter’s vital mandate for them to use their respective powers in a way that, again, ensures the tripartite equilibrium through a system of checks and balances.
The majestic role of the Supreme Court in this regard was what prodded a then retired Chief Justice, the late Honorable Andres Narvasa, to tell his erstwhile Chief of Staff, Law Dean Jose M. Roy lll, “Judd, go defend Chief Justice Renato C. Corona who has just been impeached by the Lower House. Please defend my court (the Supreme Court).”
As events would have it, Roy was approached by CJ Corona even before the legendary Defense Team was formed with Justice Serafin Cuevas as its head. The embattled chief magistrate went to Roy’s residence for a six-hour chat that went along preliminary lines of defense. To Roy’s heart and mind, the chat meant a sense of duty and fealty to defend the high tribunal, his professional home, one might say, that had previously been his workplace for a few good years as a lawyer. Verily, for him and the late Chief Justice Narvasa, defending Corona meant defending the Supreme Court in a patriotic act of defending democracy.
It also comes not as a surprise that the entire legal profession fervently believes that the Supreme Court is the bulwark of democracy and the citadel of last resort. It therefore behooves all members of the Bar to rally behind their Chief Justice, the Honorable Maria Lourdes Sereno, in defending their Court against the onslaughts of an unbelievably insolent president. And the time to do it is now, more than ever.
It will be recalled that, in an incredibly idiotic attack at the Supreme Court, Pres. Benigno B.S. Aquino lll, in order to elude PDAF and DAP-related criminal charges, recently agreed with his yellow advisers to create a “public clamor” for an extension of his presidential term. According to an insider-informant, the public-clamor gimmick was the result of a fear that swept across the yellow camp after a retired Supreme Court magistrate pointedly had advised him to step down “lest they lock you and your cohorts up in jail as surely as you threw Gloria Macapagal in the slammer.”
Reportedly, P-Noy reacted with a long stony silence, his mouth agape and quivering, his eyes wide open in a fixed stare, and his bald head breaking out in a cold sweat. At this point, it is almost certain that fear will force him to resort to extreme measures to protect himself and his yellow confreres. He’s that desperate.
This fool is lucky to have received a mere slap on the wrist when New York Times described his antics as “mischievous”. But he won’t be as lucky with our rage, for he has trifled with our feelings far too long. We want our dignity back; we demand nothing less.


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