Defiance of court orders alarms Marquez

Posted at Apr 18 2012 04:56 PM | Updated as of Apr 19 2012 12:56 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Supreme Court Court Administrator and spokesman Atty. Jose Midas Marquez has accused the Aquino administration of emboldening the public to defy court rulings through "deliberate dismantling" of public confidence in the Supreme Court and the Judiciary.

"The problem when the preconditions of independence and public confidence are not met is that the judiciary loses its capacity to uphold the rule of law. The most egregious symptom is the current wave of defiance of court orders intended to protect human rights," Marquez told reporters.

"The executive branch especially has recently made it a habit to invoke technicalities to evade compliance of court orders, even if compliance was still possible," he added.

Marquez said among the court orders allegedly defied recently by the public are a TRO allowing students of St. Theresa's College to attend graduation rites despite posting sexy photos on Facebook and a Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) stopping SM Baguio from cutting down 182 trees.

"With these unfortunate events, it is a relevant question now to ask: what happens when defiance of Court orders becomes the norm?" he asked.

ANC, April 18, 2012