PHILIPPINES-A LEGAL ATROCITY
Senator Antorio Trillanes IV, 2012. Wikimedia Commons
The Philippine Daily Inquirer-Sept 27
The decision of Makati Regional Trial Court Judge Elmo Alameda to revive the rebellion case against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV that he himself dismissed, and to issue a warrant of arrest and a hold departure order against the President’s chief critic, is a legal atrocity. It is fundamentally unfair, because it shifts the burden of proof; it is deeply undemocratic, because the court abandons its duty to serve as a check on power; and it is essentially antijudiciary, because it betrays a clear partisanship.
First published in: The Philippine Daily Inquirer