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move to oust chief justice – part of over-all plan for term extension?

Puno: Keep off judiciary

Kampi solons may back impeachment

By Norman Bordadora, Gil C. Cabacungan Jr., Christine Avendaño
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:01:00 01/12/2009

MANILA, Philippines—Chief Justice Reynato Puno wants politicians to spare the Supreme Court from partisan manipulation, the court’s spokesperson told the Philippine Daily Inquirer Sunday amid reports of a brewing threat to impeach him.

“The court and its magistrates as dispensers of justice should be shielded, if not totally excluded from political maneuverings,” lawyer Midas Marquez said in a text message that he said he sent “in behalf of the Chief Justice.”

The threat to remove Puno from his post is reportedly tied to the Supreme Court’s alleged non-promulgation of a decision disqualifying an incumbent House member despite the concurrence in mid-2008 of 14 justices.

An impeachment complaint against the Chief Justice could come from the political party of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi).

Kampi is set to hear out details of the disqualification case against Negros Oriental Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong, who is accused of not being a natural-born Filipino citizen.

read in full here: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20090112-182750/Puno-Keep-off-judiciary


first week of january 2009, newspaper reports had it that the cha-cha move has been resurrected in

congress. now, this one.

 it looks like malacanang has launched the final push for the plan to install arroyo as president for life if not term extension through cha-cha.the presidential election is scheduled in 2010, this year is the last chance to get it done. in fact, we think they have only until june 2009 to get it done. anytime after june 2009 is too late for anything.

it makes sense that malacanang will remove puno from the SC. the SC under puno has given malacanang a string of decisions that did not favor malacanang. removing puno and replacing him with the real thing will ensure that if the cha-cha move pushes through, the SC with the appointed “real thing” chief justice will approve it.

are we just being paranoid or is this a real plan?

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