... as Da­vide calls for preser­va­tion of the Supreme Court’s in­de­pen­dence

Cebu Daily News - - ISLANDS - /IN­QUIRER.NET

FOR­MER CHIEF Jus­tice Hi­lario Da­vide Jr. on Mon­day urged jus­tices and em­ploy­ees of the Supreme Court (SC) to re­spect the rule of law and pre­serve their ju­di­cial in­de­pen­dence amid the im­pend­ing im­peach­ment trial of Chief Jus­tice Maria Lour­des Sereno.

“As one who had worked to pre­serve the in­de­pen­dence of the Ju­di­ciary, I call on the judges and em­ploy­ees of the Ju­di­ciary to re­spect the rights of the Chief Jus­tice to fair­ness, jus­tice, due process and the rule of law,” Da­vide said in a state­ment. “This is the best way to en­sure that we pre­serve our ju­di­cial in­de­pen­dence. This is how we should all show loy­alty to our beloved in­sti­tu­tion and to our demo­cratic process.”

Da­vide also ex­pressed alar­mover the “politi­ciza­tion” of the ju­di­ciary due to the con­tin­u­ous call from the jus­tices to oust Sereno.

Ac­cord­ing to the Da­vide, the call of the jus­tices against Sereno was “far worse than the im­peach­ment and quo war­ranto.”

“The ca l l is con­demn­ing with­out the ev­i­dence, judg­ing be­fore hear­ing, ap­ply­ing ad­di­tional po­lit­i­cal pres­sure on the Chief Mag­is­trate, rather than ac­cord­ing her the rights to a fair trial, to sub­stan­tive and pro­ce­dural due process, and even to the rule of law,” he said.

The un­will­ing­ness of the jus­tices to wait for the re­sults of the im­peach­ment procedure would de­stroy the faith of the pub­lic to­wards the in­sti­tu­tion, Da­vide said.


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