MANILA, Philippines - Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casiño warned President Aquino not to follow former President Arroyo’s example of appointing a member of his Cabinet as chief justice.
Casiño made the call amid the submission of at least 38 applications and nominations for the post, which include the names of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Jacino Henares.
Casiño said appointing someone from Aquino’s own circles would show that no lessons were learned from the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, who served as chief of staff and spokesperson of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo early in her term.
The party-list lawmaker said there is a deep bench of judges and justices who are as qualified and competent as the Cabinet members.
Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, meantime, emphasized the importance of having a track record of independence in choosing the next chief magistrate.