THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) yesterday echoed the position of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno that the Palace should submit formal complaints to the Supreme Court against four incumbent judges that President Duterte earlier implicated in the country’s illegal drugs trade.
In a statement signed by its national president and chairman of the board Rosario Setia-Reyes and other officers, the IBP urged the Executive branch to respect separation of powers amidst the implementation of its all out war policy against illegal drug traffickers, pushers and users.
While judges and justices are appointees of the President, the national organization of lawyers in the country, stressed that it is a basic rule that disciplinary power over them is lodged exclusively in the SC.
“Separation of powers ensures that no branch of government is controlled or subjected to the influence of another,” the IBP said.
“The principle finds no more cogent application than in the case of our judges who are sworn to be impartial and must resolve cases based only on the facts and the applicable law,” it added.
Thus, the IBP said the SC acted well within its powers in ordering Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to submit formal complaint-affidavits against the four judges within seven days and furnish the judges with a copy of the complaint.