Episode 46: On the Matter of the Next Chief Justice:
A Political Analysis
The second part of our program on the appointment
of the next chief justice has Philippine Daily
Inquirer columnist, Manuel Quezon III, discuss
the political aspects behind this issue. He first
talks about the legal ping pong that happened between
President Garcia and President Macapagal over Garcia’s
last minute appointments. He also explains the immediate
ramifications that resulted because of this.
He then frames the debate over the appointment of
Justice Puno’s successor against the backdrop
of President Arroyo’s last State of the Nation
Address. She had indicated that she would exercise
her powers until the very last minute of her term.
Quezon analyses the effect her appointment of the
next chief justice could have on public perception
and the consequences on the reputation of the Supreme
The music is provided by Dieter
Bachmann and Dan-O.
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