THE country’s highest court, with the help of President Rodrigo Duterte’s political minions, ousted Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice — a staunch critic of Duterte’s murderous war on drugs and progressing fascist and militaristic rule.
The connivance of Duterte with his peers both in the Congress and the judiciary is a rustic plot of a cheap dictator wannabe hungry for power. But the people haven’t lost yet for in these dark times they will fight against a tyrannical regime.
Voting 8–6, the Supreme Court justices removed Sereno, favoring the quo warranto petition which questions the validity of her appointment on the ground that she had failed to fully disclose her wealth.
Democracy has been long dead in the country, and Duterte buried it a thousand feet more to the ground. With Sereno’s ousting, Duterte’s dictatorial ambition has fully unfolded. This means there is no more fine print for Duterte in imposing anti-poor and neoliberal policies directed by the United States, China and other imperialist countries.
Sereno voted against two of Duterte’s imbecilic decisions — the declaration of martial law in Mindanao and the decision allowing a hero’s burial for his idol Ferdinand Marcos. Indeed, Duterte considers all his dissenters as his enemies. This goes down not only to high profile individuals like Sereno, but also to progressive groups, activists, student leaders, peasants, workers and several more.
Just recently, priest and tribal rights advocate against mining Mark Ventura was killed in broad daylight while holding a mass. Sr. Patricia Fox, an Australian missionary who hasserved the poor in remote parts of the country, is harassed and ordered to be deported within the month.
Those who are fighting for the Filipino people’s democratic rights are seen as enemies and terrorists. But the government cannot hide their malodor anymore. The real terrorist in this country is Duterte, his cohorts, and imperialist enchiladas.
While trampling on Philippine democracy, Duterte has besmirched the country’s sovereignty as he plays an uncertain card with China. He is also acting like a cocky king of spades with the United States’ plan for our country to be the centerpiece of the “pivot to Asia” master plan.
Let’s call a spade a spade. Duterte is a murderous puppet who continues to bow down to imperialist countries.
The College Editors Guild of the Philippines lauds and salutes the Filipino youth for their militancy in showing disgust and dissent against Duterte’s tyrannical and murderous regime. There will be more dire consequences of the current political situation in our country and we should be ready to arduously struggle and launch massive mobilizations to fight Duterte’s dictatorship.
Duterte may be thinking that he is coming within an ace of achieving a dictatorship. But what he is doing is plainly digging his own grave. His regime is a house of cards that will be knocked down by the intensifying mass movement of the Filipino people. —Jose Mari Callueng, president, College Editors Guild of the Philippines