What’s Wrong With Our Brazenly Corrupt, Relativist Comelec?
Despite the fact that the Supreme Court, in one of its historic, landmark decisions, declared that convicted plunderer and ousted president Joseph Estrada “constructively resigned” as president during the EDSA II revolt, the Commission on Elections, in a highly controversial decision, junked all three disqualification cases filed against the former chief executive for lack of merit, allowing him to run for president again in the May 2010 elections.
In this particular issue, I let the Comelec speak for its benevolent decision that highly favors Estrada.
The Comelec ruled:
“The two petitions for disqualification separately filed by Evillo Pormento and Mary Lou Estrada against former President Joseph Estrada are both denied for utter lack of merit.”
“It is the electorate’s choice of who their president should be. The better policy approach is to let the people decide who will be the next president. For on political questions, this court may err but the sovereign people will not. To be sure, the Constitution did not grant to the unelected members of the court the right to elect in behalf of the people.”
“Ultimately, our duty is to ensure the proper conduct of elections enough to be embroiled in unfounded petitions like this one… It is a waste of our precious time…”
Now, I have to say that I just read one of the worst and most dangerous ponencias of the COMELEC. Part of its decision read: “It is the electorate’s choice of who their president should be. The better policy approach is to let the people decide who will be the next president. For on political questions, this court may err but the sovereign people will not. To be sure, t…he Constitution did not grant to the unelected members of the court the right to elect in behalf of the people.”
The following quote- “For on political questions, this court may err but the sovereign people will not”– means that truth and justice are merely statistical. And that so long as the people agree on or vote for a particular issue, that issue is true and acceptable. Truth, whether metaphysical or legal, to them is determined by society or the people’s will. But then, who is society? This latest Comelec ruling shows that people in that government entity have no self-esteem at all. This is one of the perils of democracy!
The Comelec’s decision does not merely show the corrupt people who compose this government entity, but its brazen relativism as well. Relativism is the idea that some elements or aspects of experience or culture are relative to, i.e., dependent on, other elements or aspects. With its decision, the Comelec simply admits that there are no absolute truths, so crucial issues like the disqualification case filed against Estrada must be decided by the people in a social consensus called election. Written law and courts are essential parts of Republicanism. Rational and objective laws are to be interpreted by competent courts whose primary duty is to serve justice and protect individual rights. How then can a court protect people’s rights if certain legal issues are handed back to the people for collective consensus or decision? Courts are created because of the mere fact that there are absolute truths, whether metaphysical or legal, that can be ascertained through the application of logic and reason.