Thursday, November 02, 2006

Miriam, Next Chief Justice?

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A group of lawyers has nominated Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago to succeed Supreme Court Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban who will retire on December 7, 2006.

The Young Lawyers Association of the Philippines nominated the senator to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on October 27. The same group had nominated Santiago to the post last year but failed to meet the deadline.

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez, a member of the seven-man JBC, said Santiago's name will be included in the list of nominees which will be forwarded to the President.

It will be the President who has the sole power to appoint the next chief justice.

Santiago will join the five most senior justices of the Court namely: Senior Associate Justice Reynato Puno, Associate Justices Leonardo Quisumbing, Consuelo Ynares-Santiago, Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez and Antonio Carpio.

1 comment:

Saipan said...

BASTOS, BASTOS, BASTOS ang mouth ni Sec. Raul Gonzales from majority of his TV interviews. He must speaks in a professional way but he isn't. How did he become or placed into that important goverment position. He should hire a professional spokesperson on his behalf. BASTA BASTOS, BASTOS, AT SOBRANG BASTOS ANG BUNGANGA NIYA and very arrogant. PGMA SHOULD REPLACED raul gonzales ASAP!!! from OFWs....