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‘Irrelevant and useless’

05:04 AM April 16, 2018

In his letter, “Who has the ‘final say?’” (4/13/18), Rogelio Candelario wrote about how the Supreme Court justices “interpret” the Constitution any which way they want, that is, according to their own caprice.

Thus, even if the Constitution speaks only of impeachment through Congress as the means of removing a Supreme Court justice, there is no stopping them from entertaining another mode of removal, such as the quo warranto action now pending before them against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

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The most toxic Sereno basher among the current high court members is Associate Justice Teresita de Castro, backed by her rah-rah colleagues enough in number to constitute a majority.

They really hate her that much and have no problem giving due course to a petition that they would otherwise have thrown out halfway through a mere cursory reading of it.

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They are pillorying their Chief Justice because, according to them, she failed to submit her statement of assets, liabilities and net worth to the Judicial and Bar Council.

Sereno was quite spot-on when she shot back, what about all of you?

Tu quoque, in Latin, drives home a point similar to what Jesus said: Let him who is without sin cast the first stone!

So many complaints have been aired about the very sluggish manner by which the justices of the high court dispose of cases before them, but all to no avail because being “supreme” they fancy themselves to be above any rule or regulation.

They even mess around with the Constitution whenever it pleases them. So how dare anyone tell them what to do?

Those hypocrites have in fact committed a far greater offense than any muck they can throw at Sereno. Compared to her sin (violating a mere legislative enactment), they have made a mockery of no less than the Constitution itself which requires them to decide cases more quickly (within two years only) and not as their convenience may dictate (within 20 years?). How dare they defy the sovereign will of the people!

Impeach them all! In the lives of the people who are suffering from very long delays in the disposition of their cases and are now thinking of taking the law into their hands, those justices have become irrelevant or useless anyway.

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ARNULFO M. EDRALIN, armed_2d_teeth@yahoo.com

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