Over the weekend as legal luminaries, law students and everyone else concerned with the what’s happening in the country’s judiciary system, Makabayan senatorial bet and Nacionalista Party guest candidate Satur Ocampo called on presidential candidates to set aside their personal differences and political rivalry to unite against what he said as Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s shameless abuse of power by demanding the right to appoint the next chief justice of the Supreme Court.
Ka Satur said that the Nacionalista Party, Liberal Party, Partido ng Masang Pilipino et all should cross party-lines and unite in a massive rally in Ayala against Macapagal-Arroyo’s penchant for midnight appointments which are, he said, in blatant violation of the spirit and letter of the Constitution.
” She has time and again betrayed the public’s trust and shown callous disrespect for the independence and integrity of the judiciary as an institution. Our presidential candidates can and should unite against this midnight appointment and prove that they will not tolerate this desecration of the Constitution,” he said.
Ka Satur said that the presidentiables should take the lead in denouncing the midnight appointment and present a united front in a symblic protest in Ayala.At this juncture, it doesn’t matter who is appointed as long as it’s the new president who will appoint the next chief justice. “Pres. Arroyo is nearing the end of her term which many still maintain to be illegitimate, but she persists on abusing her authority. The Supreme Court is supposed to be the bastion of justice, but it’s evident that nothing is sacrosanct to Macapagal-Arroyo and even the judiciary is not exempt to her self-serving, manipulative ploys,” he said.
“Those who are behind this shameful abuse of power should be criminally charged and pay for their abuse.There is no excuse or justification for deliberately misinterpreting and twisting what is said in the Constitution regarding appointments.”
Let it also be noted that Satur Bayan Muna representatives Teodoro Casiño and Neri Colmenares have already filed Bill 7109 against midnight appointments. Sana nga magkaroon ng malaking rally against Arroyo’s latest act of abuse of power. I wonder if the presidentiables will be able to take a strong stand against Macapagal-Arroyo before the elections and really put their foot down on the matter of going after her and making her criminally liable.
Well, I’m not a legal expert, but it seems to me that the Supreme Court really erred big time on this matter. For one thing, it released its decision without even hearing oral arguments on the matter of the Supreme Court appointment. I mean, what’s the rush? Will the Philippines collapse if there’s no new Chief Justice after incumbent CJ Reynato Puno steps down in May?
I wonder if any bribes were made. Or big-time promises. because it’s really impossible to understand how the Supreme Court could have made this decision that directly violates the Constitution: is it then any wonder why so many Filipinos have lost their faith in the system of law in this country? Those who promulgate the law and are tasked to uphold it find it so easy to thumb their nose at it in defiance just to make sure that the agenda of the powerful and moneyed are met.
Now, Macapagal-Arroyo will be able to make two appointments, for the post of chief justice, and for the post to be vacated by CJ Puno as one of the SC judges. The prerogative to appoint the next chief justice was unjustly and illegally claimed, and so close to Arroyo’s deadline to step down! No matter how you look at it, the law was twisted and manipulated, and no wonder so many lawyers are disgusted to the point of wanting to throw up on the steps of the SC building.
But then again, it’s easy to see how all this is also part of Macapagal-Arroyo’s over-all strategy to protect herself when her term is over. Scheming, scheming every moment, Arroyo wants to pack SC with her appointees and Congress with her stooges in case an opposition president is elected so that she will be safe from charges filed in court, from Congressional investigations, and will pave the way for a return to power as prime minister via cha-cha. She’s hoping that a CJ she appointed will act as her protector from the whole slew of cases that will be thrown her way the minute she steps down. She thinks that she will be able to escape criminal prosecution for all the scandals that she and her corrupt and murdering administration has been involved in in the last nine years.
Also, in her desperation, she has not even spared the party-list system and machinated to have her allies stand as standard bearers of bogus party-lists. Bastusan na talaga and the very intention of the party-list law — to provide a venue for marginalized sectors to be represent themselves and their interests in the legislative arena – has been bastardized.
Outgoing Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo is the first nominee of Ang Galing Pinoy, while Dennis Pineda, the outgoing mayor of Lubao, Pampanga, is the group’s second nominee. Kelan pa naging myembro ng marginalized sector si Mikey (it’s a group of security guards and tricycle drivers he’s supposed to be representing, hah!) at ang isang scion ng isang pusakal na gambling lord?
Macapagal-Arroyo is determined to weasel through the numerous criminal charges that are coming her way. She’s hell-bent on covering all bases before she steps down from the presidency, and all her efforts are aimed at two objectives: 1) escaping criminal liability; and 2) perpetuating herself in power by becoming prime minister. This is precisely why she is running for congress, and why her allies are infiltrating the party-list system. The shocking greed for power and shamelessness is galling, but it’s not surprising.
It’s supposed to rain really hard tomorrow, Thursday. Typhoon Agaton daw. I can’t help but look forward to it somewhat because it’s been so hot and the rice paddies have all dried up, farm animals dropping dead. Wouldn’t it be great if we could control the rain and turn it on and off like a faucet? Or direct storms where they should go?