Tony La Viña laments vicious attacks on judiciary: The country will regret this
Former Ateneo School of Government dean Tony La Viña believes the brutal attacks against the judiciary in 2017 has been detrimental to the country.
In his December 31 column for the Manila Standard, La Viña said 2017 has been a challenging year for the judiciary as impeachment proceedings have been started against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and the Court of Appeals is facing the threat of contempt.
Even the lower courts, he noted, have not been spared since some judges have been linked to the illegal drug trade.
Reflecting on these events, La Viña said: “The country will regret this episode of our history; if the attacks against the judiciary continues and worsens, it will take many years for us to recover and for the rule of law, already precarious in our country, to reestablish itself.”
La Viña said a positive news amid the attacks on the judiciary is Sereno’s “strength and formidable will,” which allows her to focus on judicial reforms.
He also praised Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales for her “iron will tempered with good humor” despite being threatened with impeachment.