The Supreme Court, final arbiter of all legal debates of the land, seems to be stepping back from its important role in Philippine government. After weeks of delaying its decision on whether to dismiss or continue hearing the electoral protest of former senator Bongbong Marcos, it finally came up with a decision to not decide on the matter.
Instead of issuing a yay or nay, the high court showed a lack of balls to rule on a matter that has been vigorously contested over the last three years. They instead seem to be stalling, asking the camps of Marcos and current “vice president” Leni Robredo to “comment on the motion to nullify results in three ARMM provinces”.
Both camps, in various press releases, for their parts claim they are winning. The Supreme Court seems remiss in their responsibilities by allowing this media circus to continue and allowing various political agendas to feed on this “controversy”.
Three years have gone by. Electoral fraud is not a big mystery in the Philippines as it is evidently a deeply-institutionalised part of Philippine elections. The Supreme Court are coming across as part of this serious problem by condoning the slow pace of justice. One would think three years is enough time to be decisive on a matter where ample evidence is available. The Filipino public need to move on — whether one “wins” or another.