PGMA in no hurry to name next SC Chief Justice - Palace
Manila (5 May) -- Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Rogelio Peyuan said yesterday (May 4) that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is in no hurry to appoint the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
"Di ko nakikita na nagmamadali ang pangulo na mag numbra na ng bagong pinakamataas na mahistrado" Peyuan said.
The statement is made as the Judicial Bar Council (JBC) reached a decision to submit the shortlist of candidates to succeed retiring Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Puno to President Arroyo today (May 5).
The Supreme Court last month affirmed its March 17 decision allowing President Arroyo to name the next chief justice.
However, Supreme Court spokesperson Midas Marquez said President Arroyo cannot appoint a new chief justice until after May 17, the retirement date of Puno.
Peyuan said this does not pose a problem for the President who will have more time to vet candidates in the shortlist.
Peyuan said President Arroyo will not compromise her authority to name the next Chief Justice.
"Whatever is best to maintain the integrity of her appointing power definitely will be observed by the President without the intention of bringing embarrassment, as in this case, to the Supreme Court justices," he said.
Peyuan said the President is properly guided both by the decision of SC and the JBC to decide the right time to name the next chief justice.
The JBC nominated four candidates, namely SC Senior Associate Justice Renato Corona, SC Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and Arturo Brion, and Sandiganbayan Acting Presiding Justice Edilberto Sandoval. (PIA) [top]