MANILA, Philippines - Leading presidential contender Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III should recognize the appointment of Chief Justice Renato Corona, an expert on the Constitution said Wednesday.
Constitutionalist Father Jose Bernas SJ said that Aquino should accept the appointment of Corona to the chief justice post to avoid a constitutional crisis.
Bernas said, despite Aquino not wanting to take his oath of office from Corona, he believes the incoming president will respect the appointment made by outgoing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Bernas, one of the authors of the 1987 Constitution, explained that even if he is opposed to the Supreme Court's decision on the controversial appointment ban, the high court should still be respected.
Aside from the appointment ban, he is also opposed to the decision of the SC on the executive privilege of current Social Security Systems President Romulo Neri in relation to the NBN-ZTE telecommunications scandal, and the division of a congressional district in Camarines Sur favoring presidential son Rep. Diosdado "Dato" Macapagal Arroyo.
He said Corona should now be given a chance to prove himself, saying that he is giving the new chief justice the benefit of the doubt, and that he is his own man. Report from Timi Nubla, ABS-CBN News