SC rules Truth Commission unconstitutional

According to a report from ABS-CBN News, the Supreme Court has dealt “another blow to to President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III’s administration” by striking down the Truth Commission, a body intended to investigate anomalies that took place during the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo:

Voting 10-5, the Supreme Court ruling effectively bars the prosecution of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and other officials and parties involved in alleged scandals under the previous administration.

The 5 who dissented were: Associate Justices Antonio Nachura, Antonio Carpio, Conchita Carpio Morales, Maria Lourdes Sereno, and Roberto Abad dissented.

The high court apparently gave credence to the petition of minority lawmakers led by Rep. Edcel Lagman, who sought to have the executive fiat that created the Truth Commission quashed.

The commission, tasked to investigate the anomalies during the 9-year term of Mrs. Arroyo, was created with too much power that it has already stepped on the rights of constitutionally-created bodies, they had said.

UPDATE (1220H): Updates via the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) Twitter account cite Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda describing the SC ruling as “unfortunate” during a Malacañang press conference. Lacierda added, however, that it was a “temporary setback” that would not stop the efforts of the Aquino administration toward reform and accountability. He said he was certain that the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) would file a motion for consideration, and that meanwhile other options would be explored. Lacierda personally informed President Aquino of the development through a text message.



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  • Anonymous

    The Supreme Court did not stop the prosecution of Gloria-Macapagal-Arroyo, not at all.. What it said was NO to Noynoy’s diktat Executive Order Number 1. Malacanang put stipulations in Executive Order Number 1 that were unconstitutional, how can they do that? PresNoynoy should have gotten topnotch lawyers/constitutionalists to prepare EO#1, “Puwede na iyan!” mentality does not work.Listen to Miriam-Defensor Santiago — she can tell you how the prosecution can proceed without violating any section of the Constitution.—- OR: PresidNoynoy can do another Executive Order : send in troops into the Supreme Court to toss the non-cooperating ones (or maybe all of them) into jail and to staff the Supreme Court with judges of his own choosing. Noynoy can Do a Marcos to create a compliant Supreme Court!!!!—————-Pagbuo sa Truth Commission dapat raw ipaubaya na sa Kongreso12/07/2010 | 07:45 PMMANILA – Iminungkahi ng dalawang senador na ipaubaya na lamang ng Malacañang sa Kongreso ang pagbuo ng Truth Commission matapos ibasura ng Korte Suprema ang kautusan ni Pangulong Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III na bubuo sana sa naturang lupon. ….”Creating an investigative body with such vast power ought to be done by Congress so that you can canalize the power of the body and not become a fishing expedition so to speak,” pahayag ni Enrile sa media nitong Martes.

  • Anonymous

    The Supreme Court did not stop the prosecution of Gloria-Macapagal-Arroyo, not at all.

    Listen to Miriam-Defensor Santiago — she can tell you how the prosecution can proceed without violating any section of the Constitution.

    The Supreme Court said that Noynoy’s suggestion of a Malacanang-staffed commission was unconstitutional. A congressionally-mandated commission would be legal, though.

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    OR: PresidNoynoy can do another Executive Order : send in troops into the Supreme Court to toss the non-cooperating ones (or maybe all of them) into jail and to staff the Supreme Court with judges of his own choosing. Noynoy can Do a Marcos to create a compliant Supreme Court!!!!