Supreme Court’s Flip-Flopping has not just alarmed the ordinary citizens but the honorable Senators and Congressmen, too! Can this mean that the “issue” must have to be taken seriously and that something has to be done to “correct” it as soon as possible?
For those who have been following on this issue involving the Supreme Court, you may have been aware of some of the SC’s final decisions regarding certain cases, which later were reversed (which were against the rules and regulations of the Supreme Court). Take for instance the case of Keppel Cebu Shipyard Inc. vs Pioneer Insurance and Surety Corporation wherein after several appeals and motions for reconsideration, was finally decided in favor of Pioneer Insurance and an Entry of Judgment was issued to signify that the decision was final and irrevocable, then years after, the case was re-opened in response to the letter submitted by Keppel to then Chief Justice Renato Corona. Now, it’s clearly a violation.
In relation to this kind of rulings made by the Supreme Court, Senators had been open in questioning such decisions. Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who was a former judge, pointed out that the decision was “extremely unfortunate”, which in turn “could undermine the court’s credibility”. She expressed that “I am angry because, as a citizen, I fear that the citizenry might turn its back on the Supreme Court, the bulwark of our civil liberties. If the Supreme Court loses its credibility in this instance, it will be impossible to regain it in a number of years”.
Also, Senator Franklin Drilon, who was a former justice secretary, mentioned that the reversal of such decisions “would appear to be not in the usual procedure” and added that “I am no longer surprised at the flip-flopping”.
Another case, which has compelled the Representatives to stand and make their point, is the case involving the Philippine Airlines (PAL). The final decisions made in favor of FASAP and the Supreme Court declared on October 2, 2009 that any motion for reconsideration will be junked; but on January 2, 2011, PAL filed its second motion for reconsideration, and the Court ordered that “no further pleadings shall be entertained.”
According to Anakpawis Representative Rafael Mariano, in this case involving PAL, the Supreme Court “committed severe injustice to”. He likewise added that the “SC’s reversal of its ruling on the FASAP case completes the “triple whammy of attack” against PAL pilots, cabin crew and airport workers by various courts, the Department of Labor and Employment and Malacanang”.
Now, as an ordinary citizen of this country, shall we start to fear this kind of justice system in our country?