FASAP says SC ruling 'unbelievable'

By Ira Pedrasa, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Oct 10 2011 01:01 PM | Updated as of Oct 11 2011 01:20 AM

 

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MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) - The Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP) expressed its shock over what it called the “disguised temporary restraining order” the Supreme Court issued in connection with the fate of the 1,400 flight attendants of the flag carrier.
 
In an interview with ANC, FASAP President Bob Anduiza said, “surprised is not the word, we’re in shock, it’s unbelievable.”
 
In another interview with radio dzRB, he said the high court may have violated the Constitution, and “they may be liable for impeachment. Makikipag-ugnayan kami sa mga kinauukulan.”
 
In a full court decision dated October 4, the high court recalled a final entry judgment dated September 7 that already declared as illegal the retrenchment of the cabin crew personnel in 1998.
 
The ruling was based on a technicality. The high court said it took into consideration the letter of Philippine Airlines lawyer Estelito Mendoza, who said it should have been the 3rd division of the high court that decided on the matter, not the 2nd division.
 
In a separate statement, Anduiza said: “The Filipino public should stand witness to this travesty of justice. The law is being mocked in this case. It sends a very shocking and shameful message to the world that in our country, workers do not stand a chance against the rich and influential businessmen.”
 
He said that a mere letter pushed the high court to recall a ruling that had already been decided 3 times in the past. 
 
The SC even picked up a second motion for reconsideration during the litigation, which is already a prohibited act. “This is really very, very dangerous,” Anduiza said.
 
“Regardless of the mistake on procedure, it should not have changed the position [on the merits],” he said.
 
He noted the September 7 decision specifically said that the case has dragged on for so long and that justice should already be served.
 
This time, SC “is already out of touch with reality,” he said.
 
SC image tarnished
 
In an earlier statement sent to abs-cbnNEWS.com, FASAP called the recent ruling “disturbing.” 
 
“The SC has already issued 3 decisions on this case. When will a case finally end?” FASAP noted.
 
“Did the ‘honorable’ men and women in robes take in consideration the welfare of the PAL employees? Or did they weigh in favor of the interest of the big and rich businessmen? We cannot help but describe this as a naked power play, where the victims are again the lowly workers. It is decisions like this that tarnish the image of the Supreme Court and the country,” Anduiza added.
 
Anduiza said FASAP is forced to go back to square one, with the ruling going the opposite way.
 
“We do not know what to say anymore…We’re now a witness of what kind of rules we have. This is an endless litigation,” he added.