In an ideal set up, the government is structured so that there is checks and balances. All branches have equal powers and none above the other. This means that the people manning each branch or structure shall also function according to and within the limits of the branch or institution of government. Thus, an individual’s authority is only within his role in the general function of his institution. This, even if at times, branches or structures of government may be in conflict with each other over some issues. And yet, this is resolved when the roles are respected and observed. However, this ideal set up is disturbed when one official – who may be in a very influential position – in a branch or structure over extends his authority, affect or alter other officials’ decision or stand on issues that their institution already threatens or imposes itself on another institution, beyond their function in the government.
Looking at our present government, it seems like the people in the structure has become more influential than the structure itself as there has been a number of times when the Constitution, the highest law of the land, the law that governs from the top to the bottom of the society, has been disregarded and the leaders went on to do their own things. Events like the Quo Warranto petition to oust the former Chief Justice Sereno, when CJs can only be ousted by impeachment, and the more recent revoking of amnesty given to Senator Trillanes. Present government leaders have gone beyond the limits set by the Constitution that regulates them on how they should do their work and serve the citizens.