Sovereignty resides with the people.
Hours after the Supreme Court ruled to grant the quo warranto petition that has the effect of removing Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as the top magistrate of the land, Vice-president Leni Robredo issued a statement saying that the fight is not yet over.
Robredo stated that the decision created questions that we need to face and confront.
“Ngayong nakompromiso ang pinaka-pundasyon ng ating hudikatura, kanino na tatakbo ang mga Pilipino para sa patas na laban at kahit kapiraso man lang na katarungan?” Robredo asked.
“Saan na tayo dudulog kung ang pinaka integridad ng institusyon na ating sinasandigan ay siya nang nadungisan?” She added.
Nevertheless, the vice-president said that it is during these uncertain times that we muster strength and courage from each other.
“Sa kabila ng lahat, nananatili ang isang katotohanang hinding–hindi matitinag: ang ating huling pag–asa ay ang bawat isa,” the vice-president asserted.
Echoing a fundamental principle enshrined in the constitution that “sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them,” the second highest official of the land said that true power belongs to the Filipino people.
“Ang tunay na kapangyarihan ay nasa taumbayan,” Robredo declared.
Robredo is also facing a legal challenge to her position as losing vice-presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos is contesting the result of the election through a protest pending before the Presiential Electoral Tribiunal (PET).
Supporters of both Sereno and Robredo are concerned that after the chief justice, the next target will be the vice-president. In fact, some are saying that with Sereno out as chief justice, it will be easier for Marcos and his sympathizers in PET to manipulate the result of the vote recount.
The vice-president is calling for utmost vigilance and for the people to have a united voice in order to defend the judiciary, the constitution and democracy.
Robredo assured the people that the fight is not yet over specially that the voting result is so close.
There were eight justices who voted to grant the petition while six others voted to deny or dismiss the same. Thus, the ruling may be reversed with just one swing vote.
Robredo said that the people should unite in order to rectify the wrong that happened today.
“Ito ang tanging paraan para manumbalik ang tiwala ng taumbayan,” she quipped.