Oct 4, 2020 @ 17:21

No to shysters! Panganiban cheers SC’s swift rejection of ‘unworthy’ petitions of Taguiwalo, Gadon, Calida

Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban gave the thumbs up to the Supreme Court for its swift rejection of “unworthy cases” that unduly add to the judicaly backlog.

Panganiban cited three cases that Chief Justice Diosdado Peralat and the other magistrates swatted away last month:

* The petition for mandamus filed by former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo against Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to compel the government to conduct mass testing to detect COVID-19;

* The petition of abogado Larry Gadon to nullify the 33-year old law renaming the Manila International Airport as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on the same ground of facial inadequacy; and

* The requests of Gadon and Solicitor General Jose Calida for a copy of Associate Justice Marvic Leonen’s statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) from 1990 to 2011 in preparation of a quo warranto petition.

“The short shrift given to unworthy cases is advantageous to all who believe in speedy justice—the Court, our people, the respondents, and even the petitioners; the Court because by clearing its docket early, the justices would have more time and attention to focus on the more crucial pending cases. After all, if on its face, a petition has absolutely no merit, there is no point in asking for ‘Comment’ as this would only clog its dockets with useless paperwork and delay the inevitable,” said Panganiban in his Inquirer column.

Panganiban said the SC’s outright rejection was beneficial not only to both petitioners and respondents, but also to abogados.

“It is advantageous to the legal profession because it would differentiate shysters who take advantage of the gullibility of their clients from the trustworthy lawyers who elevate only truly worthy petitions, fully aware that patently worthless appeals would cause instant embarrassment for them and for their clients,” said Panganiban.

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