SC spokesperson Midas Marquez uses a parochial application of the sub judice rule when he criticized the UP Faculty on the latter’s stand on the plagiarism issue. To stop embarrassing himself, he should read the constitutional right on free speech in relation to the doctrine of “fair comment on matters of public interest” and also in relation to the In Re Almacen doctrine. Under the Midas Marquez doctrine, you can demand the resignation of the President, Senators, and Congressmen. Heck, you can even demand the resignation of the Pope. But you cannot call on an SC Justice to resign??!! The gods must be going crazy on the promotion of additional gods.
In In Re Almacen, the Supreme Court itself said that “Courts and judges are not sacrosanct. They should expect critical evaluation of their performance. For like the executive and the legislative branches, the judiciary is rooted in the soil of democratic society and nourished by the periodic appraisal of citizens whom it should serve.”
I also plagiarized the following relevant Supreme Court pronouncements:
“Ultimate good desired is better reached by the free trade in ideas… that the best test of truth is the power of a thought to be accepted in the competition of the market, and truth is the only ground by which their wishes can be carried out.”
My personal favorite:
“Sunshine is the best anti-septic; the maligned should answer back and let the marketplace of ideas work; when an idea is exposed to the public for debate, its merits and demerits are exposed and eventually, the public will know the truth and the false;
“The interest of society and good government demands a full discussion of public affairs. Whether the law is wisely or badly enforced is a fit subject of public comment. Public policy, welfare of society and the orderly administration of government have demanded protection for public opinion.”
“freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think are means indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truth; that without free speech x x x discussion would be futile; and that with them, discussion affords ordinarily adequate protection against the dissemination of noxious doctrines; the greatest menace to freedom is inert people.”