ABSCBN News has just announced that the Court of Appeals has granted a Temporary Restraining Order on behalf of beleaguered Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay after the "Office of the President" issued a "preventive suspension order" against him. (Please see Alan F. Paguia's Commentary on the legal and constitutional issues.)
But lawyer Rene Saguisag was exasperated at the DILG and USec Wency Andanar, Sec. Ronnie Puno's underling totum-factotum on this caper, who immediately made statements that sounded like they might not exactly be in the mood to respect the Court of Appeals decision.
It's a second major legal reversal for Malacanang Palace, following a unanimous Supreme Court Decision pulling the rug out from under the PCGG fatheads and reaffirming the Congressional Coimmittee's power of inquiry and the "unremitting duty of every citizen" to respect the Congress and respond to every subpoena from it.
This time however, it is a brazen thrust by the Office of the President itself that has been blunted and averted in the peremptory decapitation of the entire elected officialdom of Makati City. (For American readers, just imagine if the Federal Government suddenly suspended the Mayor of New York City, along with the Vice Mayor and the entire City Council).
I hope that Jojo Binay and the City of Makati itself now takes the offensive to reclaim the most basic and cherished political right of its citizens: to be governed ONLY by representatives democratically elected by the people. They must make those who seek to diminish all of our rights PAY dearly for such transgression in the name of the Rule of Law.