January 11, 2010
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan urges Malacanang to spare the judiciary from scandals as “an appointment of doubtful legality will harm the image and reputation of the Supreme Court.”
“We call on the Arroyo administration to shield the Supreme court from scandal and controversy by not appointing the next Chief of Justice. It will be a black eye for the Supreme Court if the appointment of the next Chief Justice is shrouded with questions of legality and constitutionality. A questionable appointment of no less than the Chief Justice will adversely affect the image and reputation of the court and harm its credibility. We urge PGMA to steer clear of this controversial path by allowing the next President to appoint a new CJ when CJ Puno retires in May.”
Pangilinan also urges the JBC not to submit a shortlist to Malacanang.