Violate-the-law-now, seek-reversal-later’ attitude anathema to rule of law

Professor Florin Hilbay offered this succinct conclusion to the ongoing public discussion on Presidential power to intrude upon the authority of a constitutionally independent Office of the Ombudsman. 

When interviewed by on whether the Supreme Court can reverse its decision in Gonzales III v. Office of the President, the former Solicitor General, who teaches Constitutional Law, said: “True, the Supreme Court can reverse its 2014 decision — but that is beside the point. No public official, not even the President, can adopt a ‘violate-the-law-now, seek-reversal-later’ attitude when it comes to decisions of the SC.” 

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