We know that the Supreme Court can reverse itself but who would have guessed that the Supreme Court will reverse itself and then reverse itself two more times?
This is what happened in League of Cities of the Philippines vs. COMELEC.
On November 18, 2008, the Supreme Court en banc, by a majority vote, declared several laws creating cities (the “Cityhood Laws”) unconstitutional for contravening the equal protection clause and Section 10, Article X of the 1987 Constitution.
On December 21, 2009, the Supreme Court en banc issued another decision declaring the Cityhood Laws constitutional.
On August 24, 2010, the Supreme Court en banc issued another decision declaring the Cityhood Laws unconstitutional. Newspaper reports indicate that the Supreme Court has issued another decision declaring the Cityhood Laws constitutional.
Thus, in a span of less than three years, the Court has declared the Cityhood Laws as unconstitutional, then constitutional, then unconstitutional, and then constitutional. We would have wanted to say, “and finally, constitutional” but one can never tell. Who knows, the Court may reverse itself again. Hopefully, the Court will make a final decision on the matter – the numerous flip flops do not instill confidence in the correctness of a Supreme Court decision.
(Note: photo from Wikimedia Commons)