‘SEIZE YOUR ES­THER MO­MENT’

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - LETTERS -

Dear Jus­tices An­dres Reyes Jr. and Alexan­der Ges­mundo, I am writ­ing this ap­peal to you in the hope that you will re­verse your de­ci­sion grant­ing the Supreme Court’s quo war­ranto pe­ti­tion against Chief Jus­tice Maria Lour­des Sereno.

As I am but a mere lay per­son, I do not deem it my proper place to cite le­gal ar­gu­ments to sup­port this ap­peal. In­stead, I would humbly ap­peal to your in­ner­most hu­man­ity for you to re­vert and seize your “Es­ther mo­ment.” I am re­fer­ring of course to the same Es­ther con­sid­ered to be one of the most ad­mired hero­ines of the Old Tes­ta­ment.

I am­sure you know the story. By divine cir­cum­stances Es­ther, a Jew, be­came queen of Per­sia. ThenHa­man, the king’s sec­ond in com­mand with evil de­signs to­ward the Jewish peo­ple, man­aged to se­cure a royal de­cree or­der­ing the ex­e­cu­tion of all Jews. It was then that Morde­cai, Es­ther’s un­cle, ap­pealed to his niece.

“Then Morde­cai told them to re­ply to Es­ther, Do not think to your­self that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, re­lief and de­liv­er­ance will rise for the Jews from an­other place, but you and your fa­ther’s house will per­ish. And who knows whether you have not come to the king­dom for such a time as this?” (Es­ther 4:13-15)

Long story short, Es­ther boldly de­fied the strict con­ven­tions of her king­dom, risked her own life and de­ci­sively saved her na­tion.

Jus­tice Reyes and Jus­tice Ges­mundo, I truly be­lieve that your ap­point­ment to the high­est court in the land is rich with divine sig­nif­i­cance. I truly be­lieve that you have been placed in this very po­si­tion pre­cisely for this very mo­ment. You now hold in your hands the key to re­vers­ing a most abom­inable act of wrong­do­ing by your col­leagues that has not only been re­garded as patently wrong by re­spected lu­mi­nar­ies of the le­gal pro­fes­sion, but has placed the sur­vival of our frag­ile democ­racy in a very pre­car­i­ous state.

You have prob­a­bly sur­mised the rea­son why this ap­peal is di­rected to the two of you, and not to the other six who voted to grant the quo war­ranto pe­ti­tion. You have both dis­tin­guished your­selves by agree­ing to keep the in­ter­nal dis­putes among the high court jus­tices within the con­fines of the Supreme Court in­stead of stoop­ing to the highly politi­cized in­tra­mu­rals in Congress, thus pre­serv­ing your neu­tral­ity. To many, you two de­served to vote in that de­ci­sion, un­like the six who, many agree, were patently com­pro­mised.

You are now at the thresh­old of seiz­ing your place in the an­nals of our na­tion’s nar­ra­tive, at the cusp of that elu­sive mo­ment unattain­able to many, a defin­ing mo­ment that can ei­ther cat­a­pult you to great­ness, or rel­e­gate you to the dust­bin of his­tory. I fer­vently pray that you will be able to search your heart and do the right thing.

GERRY C. LINCO, Fairview, Que­zon City

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