Was justice served now that the now-former Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno has been removed from office? Technically yes — because the Supreme Court has the final say when it comes to inerpreting the law. What is the recourse of the Opposition who insist that the Supreme Court is wrong? None, at least within the framework of the law.
The Opposition, of course, continues to be led by the Yellowtards. And we all know what being a Yellowtard is all about. To the Yellowtards, it is all about getting what they want and throwing an extra-constitutional tantrum (like one of those “people power revolutions”) when that does not happen. Suffice to say, the removal of Sereno from office was not something the Yellowtards wanted. So we can reasonably expect that the Yellowtards will go into a tantrum and find a way to invoke the tired old “people power” thing that is their trademark approach to “activism”.
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In their rallies and the demonisation campaigns they waged via their lackeys in Philippine mainstream media, the Philippine Opposition on many occasions suggested that the Supreme Court is just another politicised institution that could be cowed by their sacred popular will. The sacredness of this “popular will” to the Yellowtards is understandable because the “popular will” was one they had successfully weaponised in 1986 during the EDSA “people power revolution”. What was at the time a sharp instrument of extra-constitutional destruction that they wielded with impunity has since become blunt and rusted. The thing with the Yellowtards is that their heads are so far up their self-righteous asses to even notice this much less take the trouble to sharpen their political weapon — and their wits.
Unlike Congress and the Office of the President, however, the Supreme Court is not an institution whose authority draws from what is popular. What rules at the Supreme Court is the law, not what is winnable in an election.
It is unfortunate that what transpired today, as well as the noise and circus that came to town in the lead up to this day, was made out to be something thar requires input from public opinion or even the “majority will”. The truth is, what is decided by the Supreme Court follows a different process of evaluating what is valid and what is not. This is something the Yellowtards, who remain hopelessly tunnel-visioned by their popularity wins rhetoric need to come to terms with.
The ouster of Sereno from the Supreme Court is, ultimately, an internal matter of the Supreme Court. It has a self-sufficient and self-contained capability to decide things on its own that does not derive legitimacy from public approval. The only link the inner workings of the high court has to public sentiment are the laws that it interprets and enacts — laws that are crafted by the popularly-elected members of the legislature. If there are public grievances against the way the Supreme Court conducts its affairs, Congress is the only channel through which those grievances can be addressed.
For the Yellowtards and all those who continue to believe that what is popular is necessarily what is valid, this experience should serve as a reality check on a belief system that has, essentially, become a perverted license to act like spoilt brats.
The Supreme Court has ruled. So be it.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.