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Burying The Dead BJE Memorandum of Agreement

November 12, 2008

The full decision is not immediately avaIiable but ABS-CBN News on-line is reporting that the Supreme Court has denied the motion for reconsideration (MR) of Malacanang seeking the reversal of the 8-7 decision finding the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity Agreement unconstitutional.

Since second MRs cannot be filed under the rules, this writes finis to the vain hope of the Arroyo administration to remove the stigma of an executive act being in violation of the fundamental law.

The timing of the decision rejecting the bid filed by outgoing Solicitor General Agnes Devanadera could not have come at a better time.

Earlier Wednesday, Inquirer columnist and TV host Manuel ‘Manolo’ Quezon III, former defense secretary Fortunato Abat, and bloggers filed a motion to the MoA-AD among the impeacheable offenses cited in the 4th impeachment case filed last month against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Among the new complainants is popular blogger Richard Rivera more popularly known as Patricio Mangubat who writes is own blog and is an active contributor of the influential internet political writers’ collective


As your Midfielder notes in a companion post at FV, the initiative of Manolo and company is both symbolic and purposeful.

Purposeful because it underscores the truism that “the only way for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

The intervention to include the unconstitutionality of the MoA-AD in the impeachment case puts on record the fact that the attempt to dismember the Republic by carving out an expanded Moro region in Mindanao clothed with sovereign powers was an of the chief executive that violate her oath of office.

The action is symbolic given the reality that given the superior numbers of pro-GMA congressmen, the defeat of the impeachment case is certain despite its endorsement by several lawmakers.

The burden now is for the minority in the House od Representatives to give their endorsement to the intervemtion bid and put on record a principled stand against the attempt to sell out the Republic.

For Solicitor General Devanadera and the other lawyers backing her up, the Supreme Court’s denial of their MR should serve to rmind them of the futility of arguing a case that was patently on the wrong side of the law ab initio.

They had attempted to resurrect the dead Bangsamoro Juridical Entity deal.

Now is buried.

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