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GMA appointments hit

Posted by akosistella on March 27, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo drew flak yesterday for her recent frenzy of appointments and surprise dismissals, which were done barely two months before the end of her term in June.

Bangon Pilipinas presidential candidate Eddie Villanueva said Mrs. Arroyo committed serious injustice when she removed some officials and replaced them with favored friends and supporters.

Liberal Party presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, for his part, vowed to void the midnight appointments made by President Arroyo, saying they were blatant violations of the Constitution.

Click The Philippine Star.


IBP chapter appeals Supreme Court ruling on new chief justice

MANILA, Philippines – Lawyers comprising the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) chapter in Davao City filed with the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday a motion for reconsideration of its decision allowing President Arroyo to appoint the next chief justice despite a constitutional ban during the election period.

IBP-Davao members led by its former president Israelito Torreon filed the motion for reconsideration urging the high court to review its ruling last week, maintaining the President is not allowed to make any appointments during the last few months of her term under Article VII Section 15 of the 1987 Constitution.

Torreon argued the ban on midnight appointments covers the judiciary since “government’s operation is one of inter-dependence, and not of mutual exclusion.”

Click Phil. Star

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