presidentiables stand on appointment of next supreme court chief justice and SC ruling
we are publishing here the stand of the presidentiables on the issue of the appointment of the next SC chief justice and the recent ruling of the SC that allows arroyo to appoint the next CJ.
Even administration standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro thinks President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should let her successor name the new chief justice to avoid undermining the Supreme Court’s credibility.
“If I were in her position, I would not make the appointment given the controversy surrounding the issue,” he said Friday when asked if Arroyo should let the new President appoint the successor of Chief Justice Reynato Puno, who retires May 17.
“It’s a prudential issue,” he added.
“I think despite the ruling given, prudence is in the order of the day because we’re talking about the credibility of the institution which is the Supreme Court. I will not even bother to give advice but prudence is the necessary thing,” he told reporters after a forum at the Our Lady of Fatima University campus in Valenzuela City.
“It is more prudent for the President to leave the appointment to the next President. Otherwise, it will politicize the Supreme Court. We should not politicize the Supreme Court because it is the remaining bastion of our democracy,” he said in a separate interview at the Fatima University.
The next Chief Justice could be impeached by the next Congress if it would be proven that the appointment was illegal, Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said on Friday.
“If it can be proven the decision was not done based on sound legal principles, that might be a ground for impeaching an impeachable officer,” Aquino said in an interview here with reporters.
“Kailangan diyan tinanggap niya [Chief Justice] through someone who is not authorized. Unfortunately, sa ngayon ang lumalabas authorized siya unless the SC reverses itself [It should be that he accepted the position through someone who is not authorized. Unfortunately, for now it appears that she’s authorized unless the SC reverses itself],” he said.
The senator was referring to the Supreme Court’s decision, allowing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to appoint the new Chief Justice despite the 60-day prohibition against any appointment by the President before the elections.
Joseph Estrada said on Friday he’s willing to take his oath before any chief justice, even one appointed by President Macapagal-Arroyo, during a period that many believe is covered by a ban on presidential “midnight appointments.”