Senator Leila de Lima on Monday slammed Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for threatening to impeach at least Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for meddling with the affairs of the Lower House.
Alvarez’ statements should not simply galling to hear but additionally very disturbing, she stated.
“They are a manifestation of a grave threat to the Rule of Law and our democratic way of life for they are geared towards making key institutions and officials vulnerable to undue threats and ultimately, malleable to the whims and tantrums of bullies and dictators, whose capacity for conflict resolutions ranges from inflicting ad hominem attacks to doing their utmost to ruin the life and career of those who disagree with them,” she stated in a press release.
“That is their obvious endgame,” the senator, a staunch critic of President Duterte, stated.
De Lima was reacting to Alvarez’s threat to impeach Sereno after studies got here out that she alleged to have instructed the Court of Appeals (CA) to defy a present trigger order issued by the House towards three appellate justices.
The three CA magistrates are presently embroiled within the inter-branch tug-of-war over the discharge of six detained Ilocos Norte officers or the so-called “Ilocos six” who presently detained by the committee on good authorities.
The so-called Ilocos six have been cited in contempt by the panel as they refused to reply questions surrounding alleged anomalous buy of P66.45 million value of automobiles by the Ilocos Norte authorities.
“Typical of the so-called ‘leadership’ style of this administration, when faced with opposition, his reaction was to lash out, curse and threaten the CA Justices with disbarment, the Chief Justice with impeachment, and even threaten the entire judiciary with the dissolution of the CA—all because a Division of the CA performed its duty by unanimously finding merit in a petition for habeas corpus. Last time I checked, that’s a subject for a motion for reconsideration and, thereafter, appeal—not an opportunity to flex one’s ego and political clout,” she stated.
“For that is what this is: a show of political power. He is certainly not purporting to hold that much power by himself: instead, this is Alvarez throwing the weight of his borrowed influence as a henchman of a more powerful patron. That is where he gets the gumption to threaten the Chief Justice of the Philippines with impeachment,” the senator added.