MANILA, Philippines - Manila Regional Trial Court Judges Association President Antonio Eugenio said on Tuesday that popularity should not be used as basis to trample upon the judiciary.
Eugenio expressed the judges’ support for embattled Chief Justice Renato Corona, who now faces trial at the Senate after being impeached by the House of Representatives.
“They act by sheer numbers. They act on the basis of popularity. They measure that popularity is always right. But remember history: when Hitler assumed power in Germany, he was the most popular figure and trampled upon the rights of everyone because he was popular. We all know what happened to Adolf Hitler," Eugenio said.
He said the recent developments in the country are pushing the judges to act, albeit with a small number.
“It is said that where Manila goes, the rest of the nation goes. Today, I say, where the Manila judges go, the rest of the Philippine judges go,” he said.
He urged the judges to “remain vigilant and safeguard the very institution we love, honor and respect.”
Eugenio made the statement amid warnings from Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez that the nation is on the brink of a constitutional crisis.
Marquez told RTC judges on Tuesday: “To be sure, the perpetrators of this dastardly assault hope to intimidate and inspire fear amongst us with the loud clamoring of their ill-advised leadership. If they can toy with the public's mind, to put the Chief Justice at the precipice of disaster, how much easier can it be to pressure any other member of the judiciary or anyone of us?” – from a report by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News