In good hands
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
While the President's decision to name a virtual newcomer to the Supreme Court as its Chief Justice may have raised some eyebrows among its present membership, as well as among some people, there could be a lot of pluses in his choice.
For one, he picked a relatively young person who will have all the time needed to put up the changes and reforms in that exalted office that had seen its reputation severely damaged in the past few years. Not only had the people been dismayed by the very slow movement of cases raised to it from the lower courts, they were also appalled by the perception that some of its members were easy to influence, if not by power, then by the figurative 30 pieces of silver.
The time had even come when it had been regarded as a place where one can “purchase” a temporary restraining order, or TRO, if one had the right lawyer, or the proper connections. That may be true or not, but it certainly helped in eroding people's trust and respect for the highest court of the land.
Very recently, the High Court lost face when it was slammed for what has come to be known as its “flip-flopping” propensity, especially in the case of the 16 new cities on which the body changed its decision three or four times.
Perhaps the first step in the renewal of the Supreme Court was the excision it went through with the dramatic removal of its highest official, no less than its Chief Justice. That was a wound that is still raw in that supposedly august body, which hopefully, the new leadership will heal. Let us keep our hopes up, as there is nowhere else to go.
Let us also try to believe what another outstanding officials of this administration said when she lauded the choice of Sereno by saying that the Supreme Court in now “in good hands”.*