NEWS FLASH! SC allows GMA to appoint next chief justice
Posted by akosistella on March 17, 2010
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo can appoint the next Supreme Court chief magistrate, the high tribunal said in a decision Wednesday amid legal debates on whether she can pick incumbent Chief Justice Reynato Punos successor two months before her term ends. In a special meeting, the Supreme Court decided that President Arroyo is not restricted from appointing the replacement of the outgoing chief magistrate. Civic, militant, and law groups have repeatedly insisted that the move was Mrs. Arroyo’s last card to tighten her hold on the judiciary once she bows out as President on June 30.