Instead of focusing on concluding Republic Act 8972  “THE SOLO PARENTS’ WELFARE ACT OF 2000 this week, allow us to digress a bit to discuss that which generally comes before parenthood.  We’ll at least for some, wittingly and unwittingly many find themselves in the journey to parenthood because of the four letter word called – LOVE. 

In celebration of this commercially driven event called valentines day – we will highlight a unusually romantic Supreme Court Ruling.  Believe it or not amidst the legal gibberish and legal gobbledygook (as a Senator described it) – the high court is capable of dishing out rare thoughts on love.       So much so that in the case of Chua-Qua vs, Clave, 189 SCRA 117 the Supreme Court said:  

“If the two eventually fell in love, despite the disparity of their ages and academic levels, this only lends substance to the truism that the heart has reasons for its own which reason does not know.”

The above quote was lifted in a 1990 Supreme Court decision essentially saying that immorality per se is not a ground for termination of employment.  Accordingly, the act of a 30-year old lady teacher, of falling in love with her student whose age is 16, is not an immoral act which would justify the termination of her employment.   This decision however is not a license for mentors to fall for their students left and right.  The doctrine after all essentially pertains to the illegal dismissal of the teacher.  The Supreme Court noted that the school utterly failed to show that petitioner took advantage of her position to court her student. Another seemingly romantic quote in reference to love in the case says that: But, definitely, yielding to this gentle and universal emotion is not to be so casually equated with immorality.             

In this case it seems that even our honourable justices know when to yield to the power of love.  It must be in the air… Happy Valentines Day! [N1127]