Words of Love (Excerpts from Supreme Court decisions)

In a democracy, the judiciary is the final safeguard of liberties and rights. The Judiciary, headed by the Chief Justice, is a system of courts that upholds the law and ensures justice is accessible to all. It protects the poor and the weak against oppression by the wealthy and the influential. It protects the right to life, property, and the pursuit of happiness against the tyranny of violence, abusive power, or unscrupulous ambitions.

But Supreme Court and its Justices, once in a while, show their emotional side and passionately manifest their feelings on love through their decisions. Hereunder are only a few of the High Court’s distinctive love quotes:

  1. “Private respondent [the school] utterly failed to show that petitioner [30-year old lady teacher] took advantage of her position to court her student [16-year old]. If the two eventually fell in love, despite the disparity in their ages and academic levels, this only lends substance to the truism that the heart has reasons of its own which reason does not know. But, definitely, yielding to this gentle and universal emotion is not to be so casually equated with immorality. The deviation of the circumstances of their marriage from the usual societal pattern cannot be considered as a defiance of contemporary social mores.” (Chua-Qua vs. Clave, G.R. No. L-49549, 30 August 1990)
  2. “We cannot castigate a man for seeking out the partner of his dreams, for marriage is a sacred and perpetual bond which should be entered into because of love, not for any other reason.” (Patricia Figueroa vs. Simeon Barranco, Jr., GR No. 97369, 31 July 1997)
  3. “The nuptial vows which solemnly intone the matrimonial promise of love ‘(f)or better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part,’ are sometimes easier said than done, for many a marital union figuratively ends on the reefs of matrimonial shoals. In the case now before us for appellate review, the marriage literally ended under circumstances which the criminal law, disdainful of romanticism, bluntly calls the felony of parricide.” (People of the Philippines vs. Ruben Takbobo, GR No. 102984, 30 June 1993)
  4. “The Court, like all well-meaning persons, has no desire to dash romantic fancies, yet in the exercise of its duty, is all too willing when necessary to raise the wall that tears Pyramus and Thisbe asunder.” (Concerned Employee vs. Glenda Espiritu Mayor, AM No. P-02-1564, 23 November 2004)
  5. “Marital union is a two-way process. An expressive interest in each other’s feelings at a time it is needed by the other can go a long way in deepening the marital relationship. Marriage is definitely not for children but for two consenting adults who view the relationship with love amor gignit amorem, respect, sacrifice and a continuing commitment to compromise, conscious of its value as a sublime social institution.” (Chi Ming Tsoi vs. Court of Appeals and Gina Lao- Tsoi, GR No. 119190, 16 January 1997)
  6. “Love is useless unless it is shared with another. Indeed, no man is an island, the cruelest act of a partner in marriage is to say “I could not have cared less.” This is so because an ungiven self is an unfulfilled self. The egoist has nothing but himself. In the natural order, it is sexual intimacy which brings spouses wholeness and oneness. Sexual intimacy is a gift and a participation in the mystery of creation. It is a function which enlivens the hope of procreation and ensures the continuation of family relations. x x x. (Ching Ming Tsoi vs. Court of Appeals, 16 January 1997)
  7. ” xxx She unconditionally laid herself prostrate to his charms, too much enamored of him to care about anything else. For, as philosopher Blaise Pascal has so pithily stated of the profundity of human love, ‘love has reasons that reason cannot explain.” (Abaigar vs. Paz – September 10, 1979.)
  8. There can be no love where respect is gone (People vs. Rivera, November 17, 1999)
  9. Love happens to everyone. It is dubbed to be boundless as it goes beyond the expectations people tagged with it. In love, “age does matter.” People love in order to be secure that one will share his/her life with another and that he/she will not die alone. Individuals who are in love had the power to let love grow or let love die. x x x it is a choice one had to face when love is not the love he/she expected. (Padilla-Rumbaua v. Rumbaua, G.R. No. 166738)
  10. “Statistics never lie, but lovers often do, quipped a sage.” (Antonio v. Reyes, G.R. No. 155800, March 10, 2006)

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