Solon to start impeach-justices move
Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—Nueva Ecija Rep. Eduardo Nonato Joson said Sunday he would start a signature campaign in Congress to impeach the nine Supreme Court justices who voted to allow President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to name the next Chief Justice despite an election season ban on appointments.
“If by chance I will be able to gather 90 or more signatures, then the only problem is transmittal to the Senate for the impeachment trial,” Joson said in a text message.
Joson said the nine SC justices should be impeached for “culpable violations of the Constitution and gross ignorance of the law.”
Chief justice nominees told: Accept nomination or be delisted
MANILA, Philippines—Justices who would not accept the nomination to fill in the Chief Justice position, insisting only the next elected president should appoint the Supreme Court’s highest official, would be delisted from the selection, Justice Secretary Alberto Agra said Monday.
At a press conference, Agra said he will suggest with members of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to clarify with Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio-Morales if they will stand by their position that they will accept the nomination only if the next President will appoint the next Chief Justice.
“If they will insist, they have to be delisted,” Agra said.