Everything you've wanted to know about RP politics, but were afraid to ask.


Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010

By Conrado de Quiros

THE only astonishing thing about it in fact is the astonishment with which it was greeted. That is the Supreme Court giving Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo the power to choose the chief justice. Well, I must confess I too was astonished by the margin of the vote—only one protested against it. I thought the justices would conjure a verisimilitude of a dark night of the soul, a wrestling with the angel or demon of uncertainty before finding the light, but, no, they probably figured who cares, this country cannot appreciate subtlety anyway.

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‘Shadow of Doubt’
By Fr. Joaquin Bernas S.J.

NO, this is not about the controversial book “Shadow of Doubt” by Marites Vitug. It is about the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the power of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to appoint the next chief justice.I have always held that the Constitution means what the Supreme Court says it means—but only until the Supreme Court itself changes its mind. The mind of the Court, after all, is not cast in bronze. Sometimes it is cast in wax.

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Presidential tar pit
By Manuel L. Quezon III

YOU have to wonder why President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has to provoke the legal community—and the public, too—by insisting on appointing the next chief justice. To be sure, part of it is due to her relishing the powers and prerogatives of her office up to 11:59:59 a.m. June 30, 2010. Another is that she is never content with a partial victory if a total one can be achieved, particularly if it allows her to spite her many critics. A third would be that she also enjoys proving her writ extends beyond the limits of her office. And the fourth, which I’d like to focus on, is that she hopes to diminish all her potential successors even as they’re campaigning to obtain a popular mandate in May.

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