A problem has arisen after the conviction of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
As there is no chief justice to speak of today, Noynoy will be constitutionally unable to appoint a chief justice in Corona’s stead, as the Judicial Bar and Council cannot be convened, since it is clear in the Constitution that it has to be the Chief Justice who will have to convene the JBC and start its acceptance of applications for the top judicial post.
Corona’s nemesis, Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, has made himself the acting CJ, but as acting CJ, he is not constitutionally allowed to convene the JBC.
How then can Noynoy appoint a CJ, outsider or insider, when there is no chief justice at this time, owing to Corona’s conviction?.... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune