The Supreme Court is considered distinct and separate from the Congress of the Philippines. I believe that all of us know about this distinction. The judiciary and legislative departments perform different acts of the government. There is a clear separation of powers and each of them cannot encroach into the other department's activities. However, this does not mean that they cannot comment on what is going on in their own chambers.
Are you aware that there are some senators and congressmen who have some things to say about Supreme Court's flip-flopping? These members of the Congress simply share their opinions about the latest issue that the SC is facing.
Some senators also criticized the High Court's perceived flip-flop on the PAL case.
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, a former judge, called the decision "extremely unfortunate" that could undermine the court's credibility. She said that under SC rules, a party cannot file a second motion for consideration, or appeal, without leave from the court.
"I am angry because, as a citizen, I fear that the citizenry might turn its back on the Supreme Court, the bulwark of our civil liberties. If the Supreme Court loses its credibility in this instance, it will be impossible to regain it in a number of years," she warned.
Senator Franklin Drilon, a former justice secretary, said the reversal "would appear to be not in the usual procedure."
This is not the first time that the SC has gone back on a supposedly final decision.
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile refused to join the fray as he saw the court's move as valid and in good faith.
"Being seasoned lawyers and juries, they do not just throw out a decision if there is no reason for it," he said.
For his part, Anakpawis Representative Rafael Mariano said the SC committed severe injustice to workers due to this development.
"In the hierarchy of employees' rights, the right to security of tenure is high, if not the highest. The paramount value of that right is recognized and guaranteed under the 1987 Constitution. The other complementary rights are meaningless to an unemployed worker," he said.
These are what the Senators and Congressmen have to say about SC's flip-flopping. How about you? Do you have anything to say about this main issue? It's time to speak up!