"Pattern shows in SC rulings"

In his The Philippine Star column today, Jarius Bondoc discusses the voting patterns of the Supreme Court justices, and notes that Justices Carpio, Carpio-Morales, and Sereno have generally gone against the majority opinion. The table from his article is reproduced below (click to enlarge):

Pattern shows in SC rulings

The existence of patterns is itself no cause for alarm, of course, but one does have to wonder what such patterns indicate about the interests, beliefs, and values of the Justices, particularly as the decisions above have drawn less popular support than widespread controversy. My impression—and I hope I am mistaken—is that the Court has tended toward belligerence rather than sobriety, which will prove detrimental to meaningful reform.

Jay Salazar

Jaime Oscar M. Salazar has been blogging intermittently since 2002. He lives and works in Metro Manila. His personal blog is Random Salt.

  • mario taporco

    UP nn Grad,

    If we were to take a look, and decipher the word “politician” usually comes with a negative connotation. In the Philippines often brings to mind corruption, lying, thieving, and malfeasance. Nonetheless, most Filipinos seem to look to politicians to manage their world for them, to protect them, and to make their lives better. In every instance of local barangay or national elections, Filipinos are deeply focused on choosing the politician they think will do the best for their local community or nation. They seek politicians with experience, knowledge, insights, and ideas. 

    Ooopps…,! let me rephrase that, and rewind back a bit.

    “They seek politicians with media experience, knowledge in how to act in movies, and tv shows, insights in how, or into manipulation, and ideas to better themselves.”

    And we Filipinos have been seeking for a leader. That’s all we ask for.

  • UP nn grad

    Especially after the “amnesty” for Trillanes and 300 others, Malacanang’s “big stick” is even bigger and maybe President “noynoy” should do an Executive Order to declare Corona and all supreme court judges as void and replaced. That would be an imperious bold move but I don’t think Noynoy has what it takes, what do you think, mario?

  • mario taporco

    UP nn Grad,

    Yeah you’re absolutely right.

    “…Executive Order, that’s a different engine, though…” per upnngrad

    There are three branches, I wonder who’s holding the big fat stick…,!

    Walking Tall, in Malacangang.

  • Rick

    This is where democracy fails. We’re having too much democracy…thus, high officials can get away under the rule of law. Progress is stuck if a corrupt President and undesirable Supreme Court Justices can’t be removed from their positions (due to rule of law) during their terms of office. Provisions have to be made immediately on these aspects.

  • melchor e. cumplido

    its shows only that justice corona were utilized to counter all pres noy good governance and eagerness for a total reform..GMA before stepping down from presidency had appointed corona altough it violate rules in midnight appointment purposely to counter act all accusation against him and GMA defender..corona now showing his true color being GMA LEGAl adviser,chief of staff during his tenure..MalacanaNG must counter this obvious strategy and find decisive solution to save our country and PNOY administration as well..GOD SAVES OUR COUNTRY..

  • UP nn grad

    President “Noynoy” Aquino has said during campaign trail that Pilipinas has enough laws already — gives me the impression that Noynoy really is not into the hard work of cajoling and wheeling and dealing with Pilipinas with Pilipinas Congress. Executive Order, that’s a different engine, though. I think he likes that better.

  • mario taporco

    UP nn Grad, Joe America,

    In other words, The Philippines judiciary systems totally sucks big time. What President Aquino need to approve of is, to have congress pass a bill to revamp the judicial system in our nation. If this plunderism keeps continuing, or we don’t know jack…,!

  • The layers of loyalty for Supreme Court members in the US seem to be first, a personal patriotic ideology, often aligned with social or religious conservatism, or its opposite, freedom oft ensured by government intervention; second, the law; third, and way back, political opportunism.

    I think in the Philippines, political opportunism is first, ideology second, and the law third.

  • UP nn grad

    Pilipinas may want to follow California (not the USA Federal government but the state of California) with regards Pilipinas Supreme Court. One key feature — term limits (12 years max for members of California Supreme Court). Another key feature — an appointed Supreme Court justice can be voted out in a general elections.

    Of course, the challenge is having a president who not only has the mandate but who is willing to exert the immense effort to wheel-and-deal with Congress as well as to convince the Filipino population on a need for charter change.