The Supreme Court (SC) “tried its best” to help jailed activist Reina Mae Nasino, according to Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta.
“Hindi naman kami nagpabaya. We tried to help her. We tried our best. And I hope Miss Nasino understands the Court and the others. That’s what really happened. There was no intention to delay,” said Peralta.
It took the SC five months to release a 301-page long decision, which was just to remand each political prisoner’s appeal for bail to the respective lower courts. Critics slammed this as the SC acting too late. Some lawyers argued that the least the SC could have done was to act earlier.
When asked what delayed SC’s decision, Peralta simply said: “You also cannot blame the justices kasi (because) they have the right to write their own (opinions). And they followed the periods to submit their written opinions. And I cannot deprive them of that. Also, they spent a lot of time preparing all these opinions. I hope they will understand the Court, that’s all that I can say.”
“We cannot just – there are procedures to follow. As I said, I understand the plight of Miss Nasino and I extend my condolences to her. I take this opportunity to extend my condolences to her,” he added.
Peralta also defended himself by saying that he had reached out to the lower court judges handling Nasino’s non-bailable charge of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
Nasino’s 3-month-old daughter River died from pneumonia complications after being separated from her mother.