Be very afraid: GMA staying on
Posted by akosistella on March 19, 2010
By Jarius Bondoc | The Philippine Star
The Supreme Court ruling alarms the legal society. Gloria Arroyo may now pick the next Chief Justice despite a constitutional ban. Opposers will move for reconsideration. But they also feel it futile. Nine of 15 justices — Bersamin, de Castro, Brion, Peralta, del Castillo, Abad, Villarama, Perez, Mendoza — have taken the loyalty test.
The nine defied all: the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Philippine Bar Association, retired justices, law deans, and students. Overturned was more than half a century of jurisprudence against midnight postings by an outgoing President. Crushed with it was a 1998 ponencia by then-CJ Andres Narvasa that a President may fill up court vacancies unless barred. The unanimous SC voters included three later CJs: Hilario Davide, Artemio Panganiban, Reynato Puno. Today’s nine consulted ex-Justice and 1986 Constitutional Commissioner Florenz Regalado, who opined that the appointments ban applies only to the executive. They didn’t ask the one most conversant: ex-CJ Davide, who as similar Commissioner had written the ban into the Constitution.
Click Jarius Bondoc.