CEBU CITY, Philippines ? Retired Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. was undaunted by the decision of the Supreme Court declaring the creation of the Truth Commission as unconstitutional.
Davide said he would not resign as the head of the commission since the ruling was not yet final.
?Why should we resign when the Office of the Solicitor General is filing a motion for reconsideration?? Davide said in a phone interview over station dyLA on Wednesday.
However, the former chief justice could not hide his disappointment over the high court's decision.
Davide said he himself did not see any infirmity nor ambiguity of the Executive Order number 1, which created the Truth Commission.
He added that the Supreme Court decision might have destroyed an important pillar of the Aquino administration in the fight against graft and corruption.
?But this gave us greater courage and determination to pursue our goal,? Davide said.
Meanwhile, Cebu Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Meinrado Paredes criticized the high court over its decision on the Truth Commission, saying it has become a ?political Supreme Court.?
Paredes said the Supreme Court justices, including Chief Justice Renato Corona, who voted for the ruling against the Truth Commission, should be criticized for failing to defend the last bulwark of democracy.
?We have to defend the institution, the Supreme Court, because it is the last bulwark of democracy. But we have to criticize some acts of the justices also to ensure the independence of the last bulwark of democracy,? he added.
Paredes said the Supreme Court should have declared the Truth Commission as constitutional so that the irregularities under the Arroyo administration could be investigated.
The judge recalled that the irregularities of the past administration were not investigated because the Department of Justice and the Ombudsman from 2001 to June 30, 2010 were under the control of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
?So, when the (SC) declared the Truth Commission as unconstitutional, it was like they were covering the truth. Maybe, its payback time for the justices of the Supreme Court who were appointed by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,? Paredes said.
He added that the Supreme Court failed to take into consideration what was right for the people and the implication of hiding the truth from the people.
Asked if he was not afraid of being reprimanded by the Supreme Court, Paredes said he did not feel any fear because he was only exercising his freedom of expression.
?It's possible they will reprimand me but I have to explain. I cannot suppress my own right by not also telling the truth and giving my honest opinion,? Paredes said.