Midas must also go, Akbayan says

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Posted at May 31 2012 08:46 PM | Updated as of Jun 01 2012 06:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Former Supreme Court spokesman and current Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez must also go, Akbayan party said Thursday.

The group said Marquez should resign because he acted as former Chief Justice Renato Corona's "personal spokesperson and official administrator of the Corona defense team" during his impeachment trial.

"Like Corona, Marquez's reputation and credibility are severely tarnished. It is clear that Marquez, in his capacity as the Supreme Court administrator, used the powers of his office to unduly sway the public's opinion on the impeachment case in Corona's favor," Akbayan said in a press statement.

Akbayan accused Marquez of committing "obvious partisanship" that reduced the public's respect for the Supreme Court "and ensured that the judicial branch became vulnerable to the machinations of vested interests."

"Marquez, with the backing of Corona, reduced the Supreme Court into a political machinery for consolidating support for his dethroned patron and compromised the day to day business of the court," it added.

Akbayan had also accused Marquez of helping Corona in allegedly protecting former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo by making an erroneous opinion on the SC's temporary restraining order issued against the justice department's watch list order against Arroyo.

"For the sake of consistency and the integrity of the high court, Marquez, too, must go," the group said.

"We believe that the value of integrity that we expect from the chief justice should likewise be practiced by the entire judiciary, Marquez included. Public office as a public trust must be given the dignity that it deserves," it added.

Akbayan has 2 representatives in the lower House-- Walden Bello and Kaka Bag-ao.