Nothing can stop Arroyo from appointing next Chief Justice
Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010
Nothing can stop President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from appointing the successor of Chief Justice Reynato Puno, after the Supreme Court junked with finality an appeal to reverse an earlier ruling allowing her to do so.
Last March 17, the High Court ruled that the President is allowed to appoint Punos replacement, asserting that the judiciary is not covered by the midnight appointments ban.
Puno will retire from his post on May 17 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.
“With exactly the same voting (9-3-1), the motions for reconsideration are denied with finality,” said SC spokesman and court administrator Midas Marquez, his statement aired over the radio.
Majority of the magistrates “are still of the view that the Vallarta case should be overturned and the entire judiciary should be exempted from the election ban on appointments,” Marquez added.