Ex-Ombudsman tells Corona: Withdraw from CJ race
Posted by akosistella on April 27, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – Former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo on Monday challenged Supreme Court Associate Justice Renato Corona to withdraw his name from the list of nominees for the position of Chief Justice.
In a letter to the Judicial Bar and Council, Marcelo said Corona should withdraw his nomination for the position of Chief Justice to prove he was sincere in saying that he does not need the position since he already has a faithful and dedicated wife, and a happy family.
“Well, if he was really not staging a scripted ‘zarzuela’ during his JBC interview last Monday, and if he is truly authentic to himself…the only honorable thing for him to do now, if he really means the words he has spoken, is to withdraw from the list of nominees to the position, or if he is nominated, to reject it unconditionally, to spare the country from further division and for the Supreme Court to be able to maintain its credibility,” Marcelo said.
We’ll defend appointments anywhere—Palace
MANILA, Philippines—Malacanang over the weekend said that it could very well defend the “midnight appointments” of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in a Senate inquiry or any other forum.
Gary Olivar, deputy presidential spokesperson, said Senator Francis Pangilinan was “welcome” to open an inquiry into the appointments once Congress resumes sessions after the May 10 elections.
Arroyo has come under fire over the appointment of her manicurist, Anita Carpon, to the board of trustees of Pag-Ibig Fund, and Palace gardener Armando Macapagal as deputy of the Luneta Park Administration.