Talks of council’s rules not applied equally
After days of silence on the shortlist submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council from where President Aquino is to select one candidate out of eight and appoint that candidate as his Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Malacañang resident finally broke his silence and admitted to reporters that he is unhappy about the list of names on the JBC shortlist.
As Aquino put it, he is not “personally satisfied” with the shortlist submitted to him by the JBC but also admitted that he has no choice but to choose one from the list for the position of Chief Justice.
He decried that the rules on qualifications and disqualifications of nominees and candidates were not applied equally on the nominees and called them unfair.
Aquino especially pounded on the issue of the disqualification rule treatment of the JBC against candidates with pending criminal or administrative cases.
Aquino appeared to have taken to heart the allegations of his Justice Chief, Leila de Lima, who had accused the Supreme Court, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the JBC of having conspired against her and ensured that she would be dropped from the shortlist.
De Lima also wailed, after she realized that she was not included in the shortlist, that there were others also who should have been disqualified like herself, since they too, had pending cases against them.
She also slammed the “unfairness” of the JBC and the Supreme Court, saying that in the case of the charges leveled against Justices Antonio Carpio and Lourdes Sereno, these were quickly disposed of by the High Court, and absolved themselevs, but in her disbarment cases, the Supreme Court took an inordinately