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Former UE Law dean: SC betrayed the public’s trust

For reversing the disqualification of the lady legislator, the nine Supreme Court (SC) justices who voted in favor of Senator Grace Poe’s petition have betrayed the public’s trust.

This was the belief of former University of the East (UE) Law Dean and constitutionalist Amado Valdez as he and three other private respondents expressed disappointment over the SC decision affirming the eligibility of Sen. Poe to run in the 2016 presidential elections.

Seal of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (left) and Senator Grace Poe (MB file photo)

Seal of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (left) and Senator Grace Poe (MB file photo)

In a text message, Valdez wondered what judicial precedents and legislative intent did the majority of the magistrates used to say that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) erred in deciding to cancel the certificate of candidacy of Sen. Poe.

He believes that the majority of the justices should be impeached for violating the constitution and betraying the public’s trust.

“There may be a possible betrayal of public trust and violation of the constitution,” Valdez stressed. “These are grounds for impeachment.

Valdez, however, declined to comment on whether he will be iniating the impeachment calls against the majority of the SC magistrates.

Meanwhile, Lawyer Manuelito Luna, counsel for Tatad, described the SC decision as a “dangerous result.”

“A perfect recipe for chaos. The Constitution was bastardized. The people will never accept it. We will file a motion for reconsideration as soon as it becomes official,” he said.

Elamparo echoed this though. ”Although I’ve been hearing about this scenario, I am still shocked because the law is so clear. I cannot comment beyond that because I have not read the Decision,” she said.

Contreras, for his part, said the decision was a loss for the rule of law.

“I will try to respect the decision that I vehemently reject. Nine members of the Court decided to reverse the well-established jurisprudence on residence. I pity those who were disqualified earlier who were similarly situated as her,” he wrote on his Facebook account.

“It is surely one of the lowest point in the history of our country,” he added.

On the other hand, seasoned election lawyer Romulo Macalintal lauded the SC decision, saying the ruling on Sen. Poe’s case “showed that the court has compassion and care for the foundlings.”

“As I said in my previous statements, justice without compassion is no justice at all. To deny them [foundlings] recognition as our “fellow citizen” is tantamount to meting them a penalty for the crime committed by their heartless parents,” he said.

  • Juan Luna

    second guessing SC eh? crack a fat mate!

  • Filipino-American Association

    Dapat ipaliwanag ni Grace Poe and mga nakakarinding mga rebelasyong lumalabas tungkol sa mga funding sources niya. Ayon ito sa Daily Tribune online ngayong araw (Atong Ang Bankrolls Poe Campaign — Source): “Money continues to pour Sen. Grace Poe’s way. Be it from legal and illegal sources.

    “A Tribune source yesterday bared notorious gambling lord Charlie “Atong” Ang is reportedly partly funding Poe’s campaign using money from Ang’s alleged illegal gambling operations.

    “According to the source, Ang is supposed to be bankrolling Poe’s campaign to ensure smooth operations of his alleged jueteng or illegal numbers game.”…

  • Filipino-American Association

    Dapat ipaliwanag ni Grace Poe and mga nakakarinding mga rebelasyong lumalabas tungkol sa mga funding sources niya. Ayon ito sa Daily Tribune online ngayong araw (Atong Ang Bankrolls Poe Campaign — Source): “Money continues to pour Sen. Grace Poe’s way. Be it from legal and illegal sources.

    “A Tribune source yesterday bared notorious gambling lord Charlie “Atong” Ang is reportedly partly funding Poe’s campaign using money from Ang’s alleged illegal gambling operations.

    “According to the source, Ang is supposed to be bankrolling Poe’s campaign to ensure smooth operations of his alleged jueteng or illegal numbers game.”..

  • Filipino-American Association

    Dapat ipaliwanag ni Grace Poe and mga nakakarinding mga rebelasyong lumalabas tungkol sa mga funding sources niya. Ayon ito sa Daily Tribune online ngayong araw (Atong Ang Bankrolls Poe Campaign — Source): “Money continues to pour Sen. Grace Poe’s way. Be it from legal and illegal sources.

    “A Tribune source yesterday bared notorious gambling lord Charlie “Atong” Ang is reportedly partly funding Poe’s campaign using money from Ang’s alleged illegal gambling operations.

    “According to the source, Ang is supposed to be bankrolling Poe’s campaign to ensure smooth operations of his alleged jueteng or illegal numbers game.”.

  • Filipino-American Association

    Dapat ipaliwanag ni Grace Poe and mga nakakarinding mga rebelasyong lumalabas tungkol sa mga funding sources niya. Ayon ito sa Daily Tribune online ngayong araw (Atong Ang Bankrolls Poe Campaign — Source): “Money continues to pour Sen. Grace Poe’s way. Be it from legal and illegal sources.

    “A Tribune source yesterday bared notorious gambling lord Charlie “Atong” Ang is reportedly partly funding Poe’s campaign using money from Ang’s alleged illegal gambling operations.

    “According to the source, Ang is supposed to be bankrolling Poe’s campaign to ensure smooth operations of his alleged jueteng or illegal numbers game.”