Doubts about the Supreme Court

The Philippine Supreme Court has recently been engaged in behavior that some would consider, well, doubtful. First, it cleared del Castillo of plagiarism charges. Now, it is threatening University of Philippines faculty members who had called del Castillo a “dummy.” President Aquino also recently expressed his lack of confidence in some of the court’s opinions against the executive branch. All this seems to confirm the fears expressed by Vitug and others that the court lacks enough transparency and accountability to make its rulings credible.

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