Christian Monsod: SC under Arroyo is like a Marcos court
Posted by akosistella on March 18, 2010
Former Commission on Elections chair Christian Monsod made this remark on Thursday, expressing concern over the court’s independence after it allowed Mrs. Arroyo to appoint Chief Justice Reynato Puno’s successor despite a supposed constitutional ban on midnight appointments. [see: Supreme Court allows Arroyo to appoint next chief justice]
“I was disappointed. I said, ‘This looks like a Marcos court, and now it’s an Arroyo court.’ They seem to be especially accommodating the wishes of the president. [Its] reputation and image has suffered a great deal,” Monsod, one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution, told radio dzBB.
Bishops, group call for vigilance in Arroyo’s choice of new Chief Justice
Now that the Supreme Court has ruled in her favor, Filipinos must be vigilant on who President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will appoint as the next Chief Justice, senior Catholic bishops and a militant group said Thursday.
Tagbilaran (Bohol) Bishop Leonardo Medroso and Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez Jr. urged the people to remain vigilant and pray that the successor of Puno, who is retiring on May 17, will be selected based on competence.
“(I hope) that influence and debt of gratitude will not be some considerations in appointing the next Chief Justice,” Medroso said in an interview on Church-run Radio Veritas, excerpts of which were posted Thursday on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news site.