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PIA Press Release
2007/04/24

Commentary: The Palace never meddles with affairs of the courts

Tacloban City (April 24) -- The Palace never meddles with the affairs of the Courts. This is the vehement denial of the Administration representatives and supporters, who are reacting to the allegations that the Administration worked for the release of former Senator Gringo Honasan in order to offer him a seat in the Unity Team's senatorial slate.

While it is true that President Arroyo has always pushed for unity and reconciliation, she has always advocated the respect for the rule of law and therefore, compromise on cases against anyone where only the Courts can determine the legal fate, is never included in her advocacy.

If former Senator has been released from his prison cell, this is because he was able to post a bail as the Court didn't see him as the mastermind of the Oakwood Mutinee.

His temporary liberty granted by the Court does not mean that Honasan is already off the hook from his coup charges. His bail should not be seen as a form of compromise with the government.

Knowing the righteousness and the independence of the Courts, the Palace will never meddle in its decisions and for that matter, the Court will never allow anybody to meddle with the rules of law, more so, to influence its rulings and decisions.

President Arroyo has always respected the court's independence and their decisions regardless of whether or not these decisions are favorable to the Administration or to government detractors.

Former Senator Honasan, himself said he went through the legal process and he was given temporary liberty based on the merits of his case. He denied having talked to the Administration or the Team Unity because he is too busy campaigning and trying to catch up with the lost time.

So much, therefore, for the speculations and suspicions, let the rule of law take it course. Instead, have faith in the Administration because it will never compromise the rule of law to political differences.

Let it be each and every Filipino's ardent mission, to see to it that the rule of law is observed and never meddled with, if democracy is to be maintained and sustained in this democratic country, the Philippines. (PIA 8) [top]

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