This does not bode well. Judging from the effect of the non decriminalization of squatting in creating a mass of people who are said to be professional squatters (which is just another form of extortion) It’s scary the that the Supreme Court is busying itself with things really beyond its grasp instead of dealing with the hundreds maybe thousands of cases needing a speedy resolution.

from INQUIRER News here please do read the whole thing:

SC studying expansion of ‘writ of amparo’–Chief Justice

By Abigail Kwok, Tetch Torres
First Posted 12:07:00 08/28/2008

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 2) The Supreme Court is studying the expansion of the powers of the writ of amparo to cover not only extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances but also to protect the economic, social, and cultural rights of the poor, Chief Justice Reynato Puno said Thursday.

Puno disclosed this in his speech at the “Kabuhayan, Karapatan, Katarungan,” a forum on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: Violations and Remedies at the College of Law of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

Puno said that in Latin American countries, the writ of amparo also covered other rights in order to protect the poor.

“We are also studying the possibility of widening the coverage of the writ of amparo by providing protection to economic, social, and cultural rights, including protection against demolitions and bringing the judiciary closer to the poor,” Puno said in Filipino.