Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Great Dissenters


In the case of Romulo Neri vs. Senate Committee On Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations, et. al. (G.R. No. 180643, 25 March 2008), six (6) members of the Supreme Court namely Chief Justice Puno and Justices Carpio, Azcuna, Carpio-Morales, Martinez and Ynares-Santiago ruled that the three questions that Neri had refused to answer in the Senate probe are not covered by executive privilege. I do admire these six gallant dissenters who ruled on the strength of their blind loyalty to the Constitution and firm reverence to the doctrines of separation of powers and checks and balances. The minority ruling in effect wanted to uphold and legitimize the constitutional power of the Senate to compel a witness who refuses to heed a subpoena and reject the Executive Department’s resistance to the Senate’s power of inquiry which is coextensive with the power to legislate.







I salute you, Your Honor!

3 comments:

The Nashman said...

Puno is turning out to be much better than Davide

Manolo Quezon said...

It will take some time for legal scholars to digest the Supreme Court’s decision but some views have begun to emerge from lawyers and non-lawyers alike (see Brown SEO, and The Philippine Experience and Dissenting Opinion).

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