MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Renato Corona refused to be drawn into a fight after President Aquino openly criticized the Supreme Court during a justice summit at the Manila Hotel.
Asked for reaction about Aquino's speech criticizing the High Court, Corona said: "Magpapasko na, hayaan na natin."
In his speech before the 1st National Criminal Justice Summit, Aquino lashed out at the Supreme Court for openly thwarting his plans to effect change in government.
He particularly focused on the SC-issued temporary restraining order that would have allowed former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to leave the country. The Department of Justice did not follow the TRO, saying it had not received a copy. The SC later noted that the Arroyo camp had not complied with the conditions of the TRO in full but voted that the stay order was still in effect.
“Bakit pa gagawa ng patakaran kung wala naman balak sundin,” Aquino asked.