Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Friday (June 9) stated it’s the Supreme Court that will be the ‘final arbiter’ relating to decoding the Constitution and that implies that each the Executive and the Legislative branches, whether they agree with the excessive court docket’s place or not, ought to obey.

Escudero made the assertion in response to stories on House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’ menace of defying the SC ruling, within the occasion that the excessive tribunal will transfer to compel Congress to convene in joint session and deliberate on President Duterte’s declaration of martial regulation in Mindanao.

“For me, that is simple ‘saber rattling’ and is expected of every branch in a Republican system. Each chamber or department of government will always be overzealous when it comes to their respective powers and prerogatives and I am sure that the SC, based on a long line of previous decisions, will be conscious of this,” he stated.

Regardless of the specter of the decrease home chief, Escudero expressed perception that the SC ruling in the long run will nonetheless prevail.

“Not because the SC is supreme or paramount but because that is how the Constitution allocated the respective powers of the so-called co-equal branches,” he stated.

At least two petitions had been filed this week earlier than the excessive court docket each looking for to compel the 2 Houses of Congress to hold joint session and scrutinize Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216.

One of the petitions additionally requested the SC to nullify the stated proclamation for utter lack of adequate factual foundation.