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Editorial: A Triumph of Justice
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A Triumph of Justice
Editorial of the Bohol Standard - Oct 29, 2006

The decision of the Supreme Court throwing out the petition of the Sigaw ng Bayan and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) is definitely a triumph of justice.

So much is being made out of the close 8-7 count and many in fact note that this can be interpreted to mean that the decision was not decisive. The close count has its own story to tell but what matters is that the verdict has been reached.

Until this time, the petitioners have shown no sign of giving up. Judging by their reactions, lawyer Raul Lambino of Sigaw and Gov. Erico Aumentado who heads ULAP are looking beyond the motion for reconsideration that they are entitled to file.

As Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago pointed out however, the people’s initiative is a closed casket. It is dead. Which means reviving the petition is liking bringing it up from the grave.

This is not to say that the justices who voted to dismiss the petition are right. All the justices, whether voting affirmatively or negatively, have their own reasons for doing so. It would be unfair to pass judgment on either side simply because we disagree with their positions.

Looking at the issue from a cold and impartial viewpoint, there is no denying the need to change the constitution. No human document is perfect and that the 1987 Constitution is no exception.

To admit this however is not to say that the petition is correct. From the beginning, it is flawed in the sense that the signatures were initiated not be people who are solely motivated by the desire for change but by politicians who are at the very least eyeing continued hold on to power.

The arguments raised by petitioners as to the legitimacy of the signatures wilt in the face of the active and direct involvement of government officials using government resources during government time. Only a brazen lie will dispute this fact given the widespread and massive effort of the administration during the signature campaign.

If the charter will have to be changed, it should be done in a lawful, proper and democratic manner. It should not be in the shameless exercise that the country witnessed during the signature campaign.

More importantly, the charter change must come in its season. It should not be forced upon our people simply because time is running out for the politicians.

The verdict made sure it won’t be. That is why it is a triumph of justice.

Romans 10:9-10
"If you declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."

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