Posted by akosistella on May 21, 2010
Power behind Noynoy’s throne?
BIG DEAL By Dan Mariano
I certainly hope Noynoy Aquino changes his mind about Chief Justice Renato Corona—or, at the very least, the office that the latter embodies.The new CJ was appointed by President Arroyo, who ignored Aquino’s request to let the new, incoming Chief Executive—i.e. Noynoy himself—do the proverbial honors. Still, there is no denying that a big majority in the Supreme Court has ruled that GMA was authorized to name a replacement for retired CJ Reynato Puno.
In fact, a number of constitutional experts—including the legal maverick Allan Paguia, who is certainly no fan of the current administration—have said that Mrs. Arroyo was actually obligated to appoint a new CJ as soon as Puno stepped down.
via Dan Mariano.
For public good or personal gain
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc
Time was when only the press, rather a wee sector of it, reported the jockeying for positions in new administrations. Today, judging from wildly spreading texts, just about everybody knows, or thinks so, what’s going on. Latest SMS are about what Cabinet posts are being bagged by which faction in the incoming Noynoy Aquino government. Most circulations are purely speculative; some, planted intrigues. Filipinos pass on even unverified info in a frenzy to be somehow part of sensational political events.
One recent transmission is against the infamous Kamag-anak Inc. Supposedly two Noynoy aunts, Tessie Oreta on his father’s side and Tingting Cojuangco on his mother’s, will be the secretaries of education and of interior. It’s unbelievable. Surely Noynoy has many sharp lawyers around him to caution about a constitutional bar. No presidential kin up to the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity may, during his term, be appointed to the Cabinet or constitutional commissions, or as heads of bureaus and state corporations.
Via Jarius Bondoc