SC appears to be running to Congress for redress: IBP chief


Posted at Dec 05 2017 10:03 PM

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro last week attended the impeachment hearing at the House of Representatives against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

De Castro was the first magistrate of the High Court to testify in the House Justice Committee. She may soon be followed by Associate Justice Noel Tijam and retired justice Arturo Brion.

But what does De Castro's attendance in a House committee proceeding mean?

Integrated Bar of the Philippines President Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo said De Castro's attendance appears to show that the high court has "waived" its status as an institution on equal footing with the other branches of government.

"It's unprecedented in the sense that somehow the Supreme Court waived its status as a co-equal branch of government," he said.

"I hope if other justices appear, it would be worth their while. It appears the Supreme Court itself is running to Congress for redress," he added.

-- ANC Beyond Politics, December 5, 2017