REFUSING to listen to her co-workers’ call for her to resign is foolhardy of ChiefJustice-On-Leave Ma. Lourdes Sereno. She is not reading correctly the writings on the wall. She can insist all she wants that impeachment is the only constitutional way to remove her.
But she needs to see that the nation’s court workers, a good number of them anyway, are sincerely telling her that resignation might be the more honorable way of preserving “judicial independence” and preventing its being “undermined.” Impeachment, being constitutional, is not an infringement on judicial independence. The Quo Warranto case might be.
But the fact that the Supreme Court is entertaining it tells us it is not unconstitutional and does not undermine judicial independence. She ought to realize that she is fighting her war on two fronts.
The calls for her to resign are clear indications that co-workers in the judiciary (notably including associate justices) are not backstopping her stand against those whom she thinks “have undermined the judiciary.” So, even if she wins the impeachment battle on one front, she would have already lost the battle to unite the Supreme Court on the other front.
She is also right that “hurts can be healed.” But that’s easier said than done. Besides, the question is not that but this: does she have the leadership quality (of emotional intelligence?) needed to unite a divided court? Like will she, even if acquitted, be able to heal the hurt of the eight justices that testified against her in Congress? Awkward, isn’t it? That associate justices showed up at the Congressional hearings means they did not see the latter as attacks on judicial independence.
Moreover, that associate justices asked her to go on leave (initially resignation but they could only be unanimous with an indefinite leave) also means that the Supreme Court was not feeling any infringement on their independence.
Otherwise, they would have unanimously and staunchly stood by their Chief Justice. Like it or not, Chief-Justice-On-Leave Ma. Lourdes Sereno has lost the Supreme Court. Nobody can force her to resign and nobody is forcing her to. But the pleas for her to resign mean she has lost the battle in home court.
It means that even if she won in the impeachment court she would have no home court to return to.
How would she lead co-workers in the judiciary that instead of standing by her asked her to resign? She could more easily unify the Supreme Court against political infringement by resigning because if she, as requested, made the “ultimate sacrifice for the sake of the judiciary and of the people” she would come out of the fray a hero and patriot.
From the drift of events, to do otherwise is foolhardy. SSCebu an oversight committee is also created to monitor compliance with the provisions as well as implementation of the proposed measure.
The said oversight committee shall be headed by the City Mayor as chairman and the with the chairperson of the Committee on Law, Human Rights and Justice of the City Council as Vice-chairman and to include the following members: (a) the head of the Commission on Human Rights Office, Baguio city, (b) the respective chairpersons of the Committee on Public Protection, Safety and Peace and Order and the Committee on Barangay Affairs of the City Council of Baguio.
As to the amount of one million two hundred and eighty thousand pesos proposed to be appropriated for the program this shall be equally divided among the one hundred and twenty eight barangays in the City of Baguio during the initial phase of implementation and thereafter such sums as may be needed shall be appropriated for the continued implementation of the said proposal.
Councilor Olowan justified the proposal to operationalize the BHRAC and the BHRAO citing Section 11 of R.A. 9745 which mandates the creation and recognition of an operational barangay human rights action center with a functional barangay human rights action officer, thus allowing victims of human rights or other interested parties to seek legal assistance from the said BHRAC nearest them as well as from human rights non-government organizations (NGOs). they can to generate cash. They don’t mind going to loan sharks just to make sure there is money to send. Parents need the help of the government to fulfill their dreams for their children. Most of the times, teenagers need rules and regulations to straighten their thinking. This is not underestimating their ability of good decisionmaking but the data of teenage pregnancy is one proof that most of our youth today need guidance.
Staying in a boarding house away from home is a survival mode for students. It’s a test of character. It’s a check of personality and a measure how strong a young person is. There’s no mother to tell that love can wait or a father to stop one from sipping a colorless ‘two by two’ gin mixed with a solo C2. The decision is left to the young person alone. If students are focused, psychologically strong, and spiritually grounded, they have a big chance to survive. If not, they can be easily trapped, get pregnant or impregnate.
Boarding houses have now developed from mere sleeping and studying areas to lovers’ nests. This shows on the soaring statistics of teenagers, mostly students, who get pregnant. The bad consequences are many. It affects the lives of numerous individuals from the young parents, the child, the families, and the community. It causes poverty. It is one reason of family disintegration. The government must do its part in taking care of the youth by combating early pregnancy. First thing to do is knocking on boarders’ doors. Rules and regulations for boarding houses must be set. Boarding house owners must be warned and teenagers must be reminded unless this region wants to keep this drab record.