Posted by akosistella on April 22, 2010
Inquirer: Political court
INTERVIEWED BY THE JUDICIAL AND BAR COUNCIL for the position of chief justice, Supreme Court Justice Arturo Brion spoke the uncomfortable truth. The next chief justice, he said, will suffer from the public perception of the high court as politically partisan. The task ahead, therefore, is daunting: to prevent political color from creeping into the Court’s decisions.
As if to reinforce Brion’s point, the Supreme Court soon after that interview issued its final ruling on the issue of whether President Macapagal-Arroyo can appoint the next chief justice, even during the period of the constitutionally mandated ban on appointments. If there is any decision of the present Supreme Court that stamps it, for all to see, as an Arroyo Court, it is De Castro v. JBC. For the Court to reiterate its position then, by the same 9-person majority, and with a pugnacious “Final Word” attached to the second decision, is to willingly wrap around itself the mantle of Arroyo’s partisan defenders.
Malaya: Clutching at green shoots
LULLED by the mantra of resiliency, economic managers are clutching at the green shoots of global recovery to justify their failure to meet current economic challenges with timely and appropriate responses.
Exports, for example, surged in January and February. Economic officials are short of gushing about how this pickup would drive growth this year.
Phil. Star: Earth Day
The 40th anniversary of Earth Day is marked today in a year that is also celebrated to promote biodiversity. Global awareness of the need to protect the environment has grown exponentially since 20 million people in the United States marked the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. That environmental teach-in was staged in protest over US government inaction on the destruction caused by an oil spill along the coast of southern California. For 10 days in January 1969, a busted platform of Union Oil had spewed up to 10,000 barrels of crude oil into the ocean, fouling up coastal communities, killing marine life and about 10,000 birds.
via Phil. Star