One of the framers of the 1987 Constitution and dean emeritus of the Ateneo Law School, Fr. Joaquin Bernas, yesterday said that he expected the Supreme Court to once again play the role of final arbiter.
Not good at all. Why? Because sigurista si Gloria Macapagal Arroyo eh. Aside from putting in place the "cheating machine" to crank out a pre-determined result (GMA's "victory"), she tried to pack the Supreme Court with her appointments, para just in case na kailangan ng Korte Suprema ni Davide na mag-decide sa 2004 Prez Election result ala Bush v. Gore sa Florida noong 2000, llamado si Arroyo.
So GMA made 8 Supreme Court appointments before the start of 2004 elections. Put in as many as possible in the 15-member Supreme Court.
Some of the partisan appointees include Arroyo lawyer Antonio Carpio of "The Firm", also a former PDI columnist.
Then there's Renato Corona, Arroyo's former Chief-of-Staff in 2001 and a partisan GMA loyalist.
All in all there are now 9 arroyo SC appointees (8 appointments before the elections, plus 1 appointment after)
Here are all the names of the 9 Arroyo SC appointees:
Romeo Callejo Sr.
Then isama mo pa si Chief Justice Davide at si Justice Artemio Panganiban (who I recall wrote a book re how the SC helped GMA steal the presidency from Erap) -- mukhang dehado ang opposition.
If you'll recall it was Davide's SC that help legitimize the unconstitutional takeover of GMA via Edsa dos. Then, when Davide was in danger of being impeached for technical malversation in the matter of the Judiciary Development Fund, Arroyo came to the rescue along with Speaker de Venecia and helped thwart the impeachment attempt on Davide.
May utang na loob si GMA kay Davide, at may utang na loob rin si Davide kay GMA.
Anyway, ito lang ang masasabi ko. If the SC today is as partisan as the PET that threw out the Poe protest case (using the lame excuse na patay na raw si Poe), then walang pag-asa ang mga pro-impeach congressmen na makakuha ng fair decision.
MANILA, March 30, 2005 (STAR) By Jose Rodel Clapano - The last legal challenge to President Arroyo’s claim to winning the 2004 presidential election was dismissed by the Supreme Court (SC) in a unanimous decision yesterday. In a 14-page resolution, the 15 SC justices, sitting as members of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), dismissed the election protest filed by actor Fernando Poe Jr. "on the ground that no real party in interest has come forward within the period allowed by law, to intervene in this case or be substituted for the deceased protestant."
Poe died last Dec. 14 with his election protest pending, and his widow Susan Roces asked the PET to name her instead as the petitioner. But in the same resolution penned by Justice Leonardo Quisumbing, the PET dismissed the election protest, saying Roces — Jesusa Sonora Poe — was not the "real party in interest" in the case. "The motion of Jesusa Sonora (Roces) to intervene and substitute for the deceased protestant (Poe) is dismissed for lack of merit," the ruling said.
The SC said Roces cannot substitute for her deceased husband since under the PET rules "only the registered candidates who obtained the 2nd and 3rd highest votes for the presidency may contest the election of the president." "Patently, Mrs. Poe did not receive the 2nd and 3rd highest votes (as) she was not even a candidate for the presidency in the (May 2004) election that is being contested," the court said. Mrs. Arroyo won the presidency by over a million votes, but allegations of electoral cheating led to a drop in her popularity.
Eh hindi naman balak ni Susan Roces na pumalit kay Poe bilang replacement candidate eh. Gusto lang niyang malaman ang katotohanan. Just like what she is doing now.
GAGO talaga ang SUPREME COURT natin. and i'm worried na they will have to decide this election fraud case again.
GOD HELP US ALL.