The recent Supreme Court decision declaring unconstitutional Executive Order No.1 creating the Philippine Truth Commission highlights the difficulty of making Gloria Macapagal Arroyo accountable, even when she is no longer in power as president. The Truth Commission decision was preceded by other decisions involving Arroyo midnight appointments and a status quo order on the impeachment case vs. the Ombudsman. The rulings appear to benefit the former president.
If this trend continues, and extends to the Ombudsman impeachment case also pending before the SC, then there will be fewer avenues to make Arroyo accountable. Both the Truth Commission (with its limitations) and the Ombudsman (with its constitutional mandate) are supposed to investigate corruption cases.
The work to make Arroyo accountable continues to encounter increasing obstacles. This should serve as a challenge to the Aquino administration to make a more determined effort in going after the former president and her cohorts involved in gross corruption and human rights violatons. It is also a challenge to the various anti-Arroyo groups and personalities, to unite and persevere in holding to account the past president. ###