The Supreme Court has finally settled the National Artist controversy that started in 2009.
It was announced earlier today, July 16, that the Supreme Court has invalidated the presidential order naming Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, Francisco Mañosa, Carlo Caparas, and Pitoy Moreno as National Artists.
Supreme Court Public Information Office chief Theodore Te was quoted by GMA Network as saying that the proclamation issued by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was a "grave abuse of discretion."
In 2009, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed a proclamation declaring four persons as National Artists even though they were not among the nominees shortlisted by the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
These were Cecilia Guidote-Alvarez for Theater; Carlo J. Caparas for Visual Arts and Film; Francisco "Bobby" Mañosa for Architecture; and Jose “Pitoy” Moreno for Fashion Design.
As a result, National Artists Napoleon Abueva, Benedicto Cabrera, Bienvenido Lumbera, Virgilio Almario, and Arturo Luz filed a petition at the Supreme Court to stop the conferment of National Artists awards to the four individuals.