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Caught lobbying Written by Tribune Editorial

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Caught lobbying



Noynoy Aquino is a certified meddlesome president, interfering in affairs that are not his to interfere in, that is for certain.

Even as Noynoy always claims to respect the independence of the constitutional offices, he is always found to have interfered in their affairs, to the extent of directing them give him what he wants to have, which these constitutional officers generally give in to what he wants.

This time around, in a slip of the tongue, Noynoy admitted to lobbying the Integrated Bar of the Philippines to get the IBP to dismiss the disbarment cases against his loyal attack dog, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, which in turn would qualify her as a candidate for the top judicial post.

Of course he claimed it is his legal team that is helping De Lima in her disbarment case. But why should his legal team — and with presidential permission and order, be tasked to aid De Lima in her case pending in the IBP when she already has a slew of lawyers in her department to do that for her — at least in preparing her brief to the IBP to get her case dismissed? Or, short of that, she could easily have hired a private lawyer to help her prepare her arguments before the IBP board.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/index.php/commentary/editorial/item/2419-caught-lobbying

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