This Isn't the First Time May 11 Left Its Mark on Philippine History
There seems to be a pattern.
(SPOT.ph) Many Filipinos were shocked today, May 11, in reaction to the unseating of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. A protest march was held on Padre Faura by the magistrate's supporters this morning to urge the high court's justices to junk a quo warranto petition questioning Sereno's right to the position, but the court ruled to grant it, making her the first chief justice to be removed without being impeached. Wherever you stand on the issue, it's interesting to note that this isn't the first time that the 11th of May has become a significant date in Philippine history.
On this day in 1973, then-President Ferdinand Marcos issued Presidential Decree No. 191, which dismantled the Mass Media Council and replaced it with the Media Advisory Council. Despite claims that it was done in the name of press freedom, the new Media Advisory Council (MAC) implemented strict, blatant censorship of the Filipino press and enabled the spread of fallacious propaganda. It was also one of the many steps taken by the late dictator to keep his control over the country.
Fast-forward to 45 years later and this date is now also likely to be infamously known as the day of Sereno's ousting, which many consider to be unconstitutional. According to Article XI, Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution, a Supreme Court Justice can only be legally removed through impeachment.
Many have taken to the Internet to express their anger and frustration with today's decision:
Still, others believe that justice prevailed today:
Whatever your opinion on the issue may be, it can't be denied that these two events occuring on the same day 45 years apart is more than a little eerie. How many more ways is history bound to repeat itself?