Chief Justice dared to prove independence-A A +A
Friday, January 4, 2013
AN OFFICIAL of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) challenged Friday Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to prove her independence from Malacañang especially in tackling a petition against the controversial reproductive health (RH) law.
CBCP–Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL) executive secretary Fr. Melvin Castro said the public cannot be blamed if they see the possibility of Sereno favoring the constitutionality of Republic Act (RA) 10354 since she is an Aquino appointee.
Sereno became associate justice in August 2010 before she was tapped to replace ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona two years later.
“Tayo po ay umaasa na tutuparin nila ang sinumpaang tungkulin na mananatili silang objective at kanilang poproteksyunan ay ang Konstitusyon at kung anuman ang labag sa Saligang Batas ay i-stike out nila at huwag nilang pahintulutan na maging ganap na batas,” Castro said in his appeal to the justices.
On Wednesday, spouses James and Lovely Ann Imbong petitioned the High Court to stop the implementation of the lawas the CBCP said it had nothing to do with it.
The Catholic Church has been opposing the law, saying the measure is anti-life because it promotes the use of artificial contraceptives. Priests want couples to use only the natural family planning method. (HDT/Sunnex)