Dont you think it’s time Carpio answers some questions

Dont you think it’s time Carpio answers some questions





Does Senior Associate Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio have a beef to settle with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte? Is he gunning for a political office in 2022?

It would seem like the doctrine of separation of powers between the three major branches of government is non-existent with respect to the Honorable Justice Carpio, since from the beginning he has turned himself as the number one critic of the president on matters with repect to any policy Malacanang will roll out as regards the West Philippine Sea(WPS).


It is well documented the lectures he has given regarding the WPS, there is even a coffee table book that has been published under his name, and there is always media exposure for matters that he would like to impart regarding the WPS most especially when it is against the foreign policy laid down by the president.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio
(photo credit to owner)

 
The biggest question one can ask the Justice is “why only question Chinas intrusive actions now, when he could be more effective and of big help he could have given proper advice to Trillanes, Del Rosario, and their so-called great one, former President Benigno Aquino III.

Daily Tribune’s Concept News Central commentary dated July 27, 209 talks about this seems to be disgruntled Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, tiltled “It’s time Carpio answered some questions.”

If that is so, why is Carpio expressing in public his views on the West Philippine Sea dispute between the Philippines and China only now, under the administration of President Duterte?
How come Carpio did not express his views on the matter during the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and President Benigno Aquino III when those views could have perhaps prevented the current problem from ensuing?
Does Carpio have an ax to grind against President Duterte?
Is Carpio interested in running for high public office in 2022?
For the benefit  and knowledge of the reading public we have quoted in full below the said article.



It’s time Carpio answered some questions



A day after President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his fourth State of the Nation Address (SoNA) last 22 July, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Tirol Carpio of the Supreme Court was all over the news media.

Prior to the SoNA itself, Carpio warned that any statement President Duterte may make regarding the ongoing controversy in the West Philippine Sea will recklessly bind the Republic of the Philippines to whatever deals the President has already made with Beijing.
From what can be discerned from President Duterte’s speech, however, there was nothing in it that gave away Philippine maritime territory in the West Philippine Sea to the Chinese.
On the contrary, the President even emphasized that the territory belongs to the Philippines.

There was, however, one statement of President Duterte, that China is in possession of the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea, which elicited a comment from Carpio. That statement, according to Carpio, is tantamount to giving up the West Philippine Sea to the Chinese.
In contrast, political observers believe that President Duterte was only stating a fact that China is currently but illegally occupying islets and shoals in the West Philippine Sea, as well as artificial islands Beijing constructed in the disputed area. It is precisely Beijing’s illegal occupation of those islets, shoals and artificial islands that is the subject of dispute between Manila and Beijing.
Besides, possession is not synonymous to ownership. Islets and shoals which, under International Law, belong to a particular country cannot be owned by whoever possesses them, particularly when the owner-country opposes the possession and any claim of adverse ownership.

Since Carpio is so engrossed in the issue anyway, it’s time for him to answer some questions.
As an incumbent justice of the Supreme Court, Carpio should refrain from publicly meddling in foreign policy, which is the exclusive concern of the Executive department of the government. The principle of separation of powers prohibits judicial intrusion into the realm of the Executive. Why does Carpio insist on crossing that line?
Carpio basks in his expertise on the historical aspects of China’s illegal territorial claim to the West Philippine Sea and Beijing’s intrusion in the exclusive economic maritime zone of the Philippines. He published an expensive coffee-table book on the issue, and has delivered public lectures on the subject, many of which appear to have been done during office hours when he should be working in the Supreme Court.
If that is so, why is Carpio expressing in public his views on the West Philippine Sea dispute between the Philippines and China only now, under the administration of President Duterte?


How come Carpio did not express his views on the matter during the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and President Benigno Aquino III when those views could have perhaps prevented the current problem from ensuing?
Does Carpio have an ax to grind against President Duterte?
Is Carpio interested in running for high public office in 2022?

Carpio has been bypassed for the post of chief justice on several occasions by Renato Corona, Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and the incumbent, Lucas Bersamin.
Incidentally, one name, that of Maria Lourdes Sereno, is not in that list because the Supreme Court does not consider her a lawfully appointed top magistrate. She is considered a de facto chief justice.
Even the term de facto is questionable because if Sereno’s appointment was void from the beginning, she is not a de facto public officer, but a mere usurper. A de facto public officer has color of title to the public office, while a usurper has none. Unfortunately, denying Sereno de facto status would have created serious issues concerning decisions she wrote for the Supreme Court.
Carpio’s last real chance to have been appointed chief justice was right after De Castro retired. Although Carpio did not decline being nominated for the post by the Judicial and Bar Council, he was bypassed by President Duterte and the post went to Bersamin.

Could that be the reason why Carpio has been antagonizing Duterte?

The public awaits his answers.







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