What constitutional crisis? | Inquirer Opinion

What constitutional crisis?

01:10 AM April 09, 2016

The nation can’t just allow a few people belonging to associations of lawyers to do all the talking. We, Filipino citizens, ought to speak out regarding the issue.

The disqualification case against Grace Poe concerns not only Poe herself or the legality/illegality of her candidacy for president.

What’s wrong if the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Poe’s qualifications sets a precedent favoring all the foundlings in the Philippines? Instead of grumbling, should we not be happy that justice has been rendered as well for the thousands of discriminated Filipino foundlings in the country?


And what constitutional crisis are they talking about?


USLegal.com says: “A constitutional crisis refers to a situation dealing with the inability to resolve a disagreement involving the governing constitution of a political body. Typically, a dispute or an interpretation or violation of a provision in the constitution between different branches of government is involved. A constitutional crisis may threaten to break down government function.”

Questions: What portion of the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Poe is vague or ambiguous and which may be construed as being unable to resolve a disagreement when, in fact, Associate Justice Jose Perez’s ponencia is lucid? Has not the verdict even wisely resolved issues beyond Poe, as they apply to other foundlings? What “warring” branches of the government are in dispute? Are the executive and legislature quarreling with the high court over the ruling such that the dispute has jeopardized government harmony or has led to a breakdown of government functions?

What, therefore, is the real crisis if there’s no cause for a constitutional crisis?

The Supreme Court was being historic and showed greatness and wisdom in its landmark decision on the Poe case, except for some justices who insist on their bizarre “legal” reasoning.

So what’s all the brouhaha about? Obviously the noise is tainted with politics.

Who then are the instigators of this political fray? And what are their motives?


I am yet undecided and still seeking guidance as who to vote for president. I simply hate corrupt politics and disdain rotten politicians.

—RENI M. VALENZUELA, [email protected]

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