President Aquino On the Issuance of a Status Quo Ante Order Regarding Executive Order

“Going beyond the Executive Branch, this order comes shortly after the Supreme Court issued a similar Status Quo Ante Order preventing the House of Representatives from acting on the impeachment complaints against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez. The Members of the House protested what they believed was an intrusion into their own constitutional powers.

We kept our silence when the Supreme Court prevented the House from continuing with its impeachment proceedings.

That recent action of the Supreme Court tests the limits of its constitutional authority, and this latest order could precipitate a clash with another separate, co-equal branch of government.

Our democracy was built on the constitutional principle of the separation of powers; hence, there are three branches of government. We therefore appeal, as a co-equal branch of government, for the Supreme Court to consider the implications of its order.

This order also comes at a time when we had already taken significant steps forward, and public confidence in our institutions is being restored. We have saved the Filipino people billions of pesos by rescinding contracts that have been uncovered after the midnight appointees have been removed from office. The economy is on an upturn. This order can set back all of these achievements.

I call upon the Supreme Court to exercise judicial prudence at a time when the Filipino people deserve confidence-building measures from all our institutions rather than actions that might diminish this confidence.

Nakikiusap kami sa Korte Suprema na lawakan ang kanilang pananaw, at ipamalas ang pagtataguyod ng interes ng kalahatan.”

source: gov.ph