If the selection of the next chief justice has become a mockery and even a circus, blame it on Noynoy Aquino.
First, even as he and his allies refuse to admit it, he has not only inflicted wounds in the Supreme Court (SC) but also destroyed its independence by moving heaven and earth, along with his bribes, to get the top magistrate in the land impeached and convicted while demonizing ousted CJ Renato Corona, evidently, for him to control the high court by introducing the chilling effect of a surefire impeachment for the members of the court, who now know that they can be easily impeached and convicted even when no impeachable crime is committed.
Second, when Corona was ousted, Noynoy kept on saying that he favors appointing an outsider, and younger ones too, pointing to his Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Internal Revenue Chief Kim Henares as being qualified.
He should just have kept his trap shut and left things to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to come up with a list of candidates from which he can select and appoint the next CJ..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune