Betrayal of public trust? | Inquirer Opinion

Betrayal of public trust?

/ 05:01 AM October 03, 2019

In his column, “SC disregards Charter in making decisions” (9/29/19), former chief justice Artemio Panganiban gave space to “superlawyer” Estelito Mendoza’s complaint regarding the capriciousness of the Supreme Court in conveniently disregarding the Constitution when it suits its members.

Talk about “culpable violation of the Constitution” or “betrayal of public trust”! Impeachment, anyone?

Mendoza and Panganiban confirm the blatant aberration:  Cases brought before the Supreme Court may actually be decided by only a single “member in charge” who mysteriously morphs into a one-track-minded  decision-maker, thereby making a mockery


of the principle of “collegiality,”  supposedly a consensus-building process.


This is often seen in the CONFLICTING DECISIONS bearing the “concurring” signatures of the other members who are apparently just into some “back-scratching” routine, according to whispers heard from many a law practitioner in this country. Heaven help us!


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