Corona says impeachment threat political saber-rattling
Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – Newly appointed Supreme Court SC Chief Justice Reynato Corona on Monday dismissed as “political saber-rattling” reports that some groups are planning to file an impeachment complaint against him for accepting President Arroyos appointment despite a constitutional ban on midnight appointments.
At his first press conference Monday. Corona said his appointment is valid and that he will perform his duties as chief magistrate as mandated by the Constitution.
“I am not even bothered by that [impeachment] because I stand on a very strong, solid legal ground. I am not worried,” Corona told reporters.
No problem, Corona says of Noynoy’s oath-taking plan
(Update 2 – 10 22 p.m.) Chief Justice Renato Corona sees no problem with Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, who has opposed Corona’s appointment, taking his oath as president of the Philippines before a barangay (village) captain.
“I have no problem with that. That is the prerogative of the president,” Corona said at a press briefing shortly after taking his oath on Monday.
Aquino, who continues to lead partial tallies for president, said last week that he would rather be sworn in by a Tarlac City barangay captain rather than by Corona, whose appointment by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is wrapped in controversy.