SC warns critics of CJ nominees

March 9, 2010 11:16 pm 

MANILA, March 9 — The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday warned those who are pursuing their own vested interest on the appointment of next Chief Justice to avoid hurling unwarrated criticisms against the nominees.

According to SC Spokesman and Court Administrator Atty. Jose Midas Marquez, such criticisms tend to taint the reputation of the Supreme Court as an institution, as well as the position of Chief Justice whoever will be appointed to replace Chief Justice Reynato Puno who is set to retire on May 17, 2010.

Earlier, some groups of lawyers blatantly displayed their support for Associate Justice Antonio Carpio with the holding of the so-called "solidarity march" in the SC while at the same time branding Associate Justice Renato Corona as the "yes man" of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Marquez said that such protest actions can be considered as a valid exercise of "freedom of expression", but cautioned that, it is not good to make it as a forum to criticize other magistrates of the highest court of the land.

Nevertheless, Marquez assured that the SC will soon decide on the case so as to end all the opposing views on the matter. (PNA)

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