On the SC status quo ante order stopping the Marcos hero’s burial for 20 days issued a few minutes ago:
A status quo ante order instructs the parties not to do anything that would change the present state of things (status quo order), or to revert to the situation before the party had done what is being complained of (status quo ante order), i.e., to revert to the situation obtaining before President Duterte issued the order for the burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani — in other words, it has the “effect” of a temporary restraining order (TRO), except that, a TRO stops an action that is being done; here, since no action is yet being done, the status quo ante order compels the parties to revert to the situation before President Duterte’s order for the Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani was issued.
The logic here is: the interested party (the Duterte government and the Marcoses) might hasten the process and proceed with the hero’s burial earlier than Sept. 18, perhaps on Sept. 11 or thereabouts — hindi natin alam but legally they could do that since before today, there were no orders… In other words, the interested party could render the injunction proceeding mute and epidemic, este, er, moot and academic by going ahead with the hero’s burial before the SC could rule. So, a very wise and smart justice or justices in the en banc saw this possibility, or had intel, and the SC thought it wise and prudent to issue a status quo ante order, but not too long as to cover Sept. 18 but long enough for the SC to study the issues.
Ang galing talaga ng Supreme Court (although they could have issued a TRO on President Duterte’s order itself). Pero okey na rin ito. Matalino sila — none of the parties and none of us even thought of that — that the interested party would rush up and go ahead with a hero’s burial… The justices have the power not just of insight but of foresight. Mahusay.