False love

Cebu Daily News - - OPINION - JA­SON BAGUIA

Iwas lis­ten­ing to the ra­dio when lo­cal sta­tion dyAB broad­cast the call of some Supreme Court em­ploy­ees for Chief Jus­tice Maria Lour­des Sereno to re­sign.

The speech of Er­win Ocon, pres­i­dent of the Supreme Court Em­ploy­ees As­so­ci­a­tion was a study in fal­lacy.

He said Sereno should re­sign to re­store peace to the ju­di­ciary.

Last time I checked, nei­ther bench nor bar was made to be an oa­sis of tran­quil­ity in a world that suf­fers in­jus­tice.

Jus­tice is some­thing for which one strug­gles. The courts of law are sites of con­tention where judges and of­fi­cers of the court work to make the law of rule pre­vail against all odds. They are not places to seek peace.

The ar­gu­ment that peace will re­turn to the ju­di­ciary with the res­ig­na­tion of the Chief Jus­tice is spe­cious un­less mat­ters per­tain­ing to her im­peach­ment were the only ones that dis­turbed court em­ploy­ees.

They should have been so im­mersed in the de­mand­ing, gru­el­ing task of dis­pens­ing jus­tice they found no time to med­dle in the po­lit­i­cal in­tra­mu­rals in­volv­ing the three branches of gov­ern­ment.

Ocon said the Chief Jus­tice should re­sign so that the ju­di­ciary can move on.

Has the im­peach­ment case against the Chief Jus­tice or the quo war­ranto pe­ti­tion ques­tion­ing her qual­i­fi­ca­tion for of­fice caused work in the ju­di­ciary to grind to a halt?

Are court em­ploy­ees so glued to the anti- Sereno saga they have no time to do any­thing else?

Is mov­ing on an ac­cept­able sub­sti­tute for due process to which the Chief Jus­tice is en­ti­tled by the Con­sti­tu­tion? Mov­ing on is a goal for the hurt, for suf­fer­ers. Are court em­ploy­ees suf­fer­ing the drive against Sereno? Have they been hurt?

Have they been mocked us­ing out­dated re­sults of a psy­cho­log­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion?

The Lower House Jus­tice Com­mit­tee looked to an un­in­volved psy­chol­o­gist to taint pub­lic per­cep­tion of the Chief Jus­tice’s san­ity.

Have they been sub­jected to trial based on a com­plaint founded on hearsay? The Lower House Jus­tice Com­mit­tee en­ter­tained the claims of Lorenzo Gadon against Sereno even af­ter he said they were hearsay, thereby singing a dif­fer­ent tune. Have they been la­beled crazy? Have they been the ob­ject of the scorn of col­leagues sim­ply be­cause they were younger? How the older as­so­ciate jus­tices seethe with envy over hav­ing been passed over in the search for a Chief Jus­tice six years ago.

Are they un­der threat of job loss af­ter as­sert­ing the rule of law and the ju­ris­dic­tion of the ju­di­ciary? The Chief Ex­ec­u­tives tirades against Sereno be­gan af­ter she cour­te­ously re­minded him that the ju­di­ciary should be left with ju­ris­dic­tion over per­sons in his list of narco-judges that turned out to be un­re­li­able.

If any­one needs mov­ing on from out­ra­geous pains, it is the Chief Jus­tice, not the court em­ploy­ees.

Had you lis­tened to the res­ig­na­tion call, you would have heard the Chief Jus­tice be­ing ad­dressed with terms of en­dear­ment, like “most beloved.”

Do you call some­one you love to give up fight­ing for what he be­lieves is right?

That is a false love, a love de­signed to re­move the dis­com­fort you feel over the suf­fer­ing of the beloved. Real love al­lies it­self, no mat­ter the cost, with the beloved in the fight against the evils that be­set him.


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