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Supreme Court: Just file your appeal

Posted by akosistella on March 19, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) defended yesterday its decision to allow President Arroyo to appoint the next chief justice and advised critics to just file an appeal.

“The court has spoken. Many of those criticizing the decision are those who have been preempting the court from day one to rule in accordance with their view. They still have a remedy – a motion for reconsideration,” said Jose Midas Marquez, court administrator and spokesman.

Marquez said the ruling is not yet final and aggrieved parties may appeal or file a motion for clarification.

Click Philippine Star.


‘Ruling a virtual amendment of 1987 Constitution’

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) ruling allowing President Arroyo to appoint the next chief justice is tantamount to amending the 1987 Constitution, former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo said yesterday.

“It is a very clear violation of the 1987 Constitution because of the absolute prohibition,” Marcelo, president of the Philippine Bar Association, told The STAR, referring to the appointments ban from March 10 to June 30, when Mrs. Arroyo steps down.

“It (SC ruling) is shocking to the legal community because the wording of the Constitution here is very clear. There should be no appointments to the judiciary two months before the elections,” said Marcelo, a former law partner and Sigma Rho fraternity brother of the most senior SC associate justice, Antonio Carpio.

Click Phil. Star

AND: Protests set vs SC ruling on ‘midnight Chief Justice’

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