By: Mara Cordial
MANILA, Philippines – In the May 2010 Elections period, many rising critics bewailed the appointment of Renato Corona. One of which is the vice presidential front-runner Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay who is claiming that GMA’s act was indeed inappropriate.
“I sincerely believe that she should not have touched, legal or personal, the appointment of chief justice of the Supreme Court. For delicadeza, she should have left the appointment of the (next) chief justice to the next president,” Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay said.
Another GMA’s critic was former President Joseph Estrada, through his spokesperson, also said that the appointment of Renato Corona as the new Chief Justice was in fact “ingenious.”
“How ingenious of President Arroyo to position her former chief of staff and spokesman as chief justice under an administration that is poised to investigate her administration’s anomalies,” Joseph Estrada’s spokesperson Margaux Salcedo said.
Last but not the least, though there are no clear statements yet, the reigning presidential candidate Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Simeon Aquino III, is now clamouring for GMA’s reconsideration on her Chief Justice appointment.
On the other hand, the Supreme Court (SC) hailed the decision of Mrs. Arroyo in choosing Corona as the next Chief Justice. According to SC spokesman Midas Gutierrez, the retiring Chief Justice Puno personally vouched for the integrity of Corona and chose him as his successor.