As the picture looks presently, the President’s policy is to discredit the judiciary and render it impotent, subjugate further Congress, and make the President supreme. When a president speaks, he makes a policy statement, such as what happened last Monday night when Aquino addressed the nation on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
What if the SC does not reconsider its 13-0 unanimous decision on the Disbursement Acceleration Program. What will the president do? After all, he practically declared a state of war with the High Court in a conflict of high and emotional drama telecast nationwide. Before Aquino made his policy statement against the high court, the administration took “pains to establish a massive encirclement attack on the High Court.”
Allies of Malacanang in Congress have threatened to eliminate the high court’s Judiciary Development Fund (JDF), which guarantees its fiscal autonomy. Hours before Aquino’s speech, Liberal Party member Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. filed a bill seeking to replace the JDF with a fund that will be remitted to the National Treasury.
Then the Commission on Audit recently released the individual earnings of the justices in an effort “to embarrass them.” The COA has also questioned the SC’s P3.19 billion savings despite its unpaid obligations. There is also the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s memo order imposing a tax on the JDF received by employees, he noted.
Such Presidential stance undermines the Supreme Court. If the President expresses lack of faith in the Supreme Court, who will? It has no armed forces to protect itself, or the police to enforce its judgments. Aquino’s acts threatens the balance of power enshrined in the Constitution.
The most potent weapon of the Supreme Court is its assigned duty vested by the Constitution to adjudge, among others, the constitutionality of acts or measures including those of the President.
Aquino may not have questioned that power by the SC, but he questioned the Justices’ collective capacity and integrity to exercise that power. Although Aquino took an oath to defend the Constitution….
We can now safely say: “Goodbye to the Constitution. Hello to Dictatorial Autocracy.”
Note: Thanks go out to Joker Arroyo for always “knowing what to say”