Prof. Tony La Viña: “Slippery slope of diminishing judicial independence”
Professor Tony La Viña writes about the “Slippery slope of diminishing judicial independence” in connection with the impeachment hearings of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno being conducted by the House Judicial Committee. The opinion piece was published on Rappler.com on Dec. 6, 2017.
He specifically warns that internal disagreements within the Supreme Court should not be the subject of an impeachment complaint as this would erode the independence of the Judiciary at the hands of the political branches of government.
“There is no walking back from that; future Chief Justices and Associate Justices will, from now on, become sitting ducks whenever they make decisions that displease powerful economic and political interests.” Prof. La Viña writes.
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