Drilon to CJ De Castro : show impartiality, don't participate in SC political pending cases

Drilon to CJ De Castro : show impartiality, don't participate in SC political pending cases




Opposition Senator and Liberal Party stalwart Franklin Drilon is already calling out newly appointed Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro to show impartiality by refraining herself to be part of any deliberation that are considered politically-charged.

Drilon explains that this will show that there will be no doubts and conjectures that her appointment was a mere “reward” given by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in ousting then former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno- an appointee of Drilon co-party mate former President Benigno Simeon “Pnoy” Aquino III.
Opposition Denator Franklin Drilon, inset newly appointed Chief Justice Teresita De Castro (photo credit to owner)
 

“All questions, issues, and doubts surrounding the appointment of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro, particularly with regard to her impartiality, can only be addressed if the newly-appointed chief magistrate refrains from participating in any political case pending before the court,” Drilon said.

“I encourage her to inhibit from politically-charged cases in order to uphold the integrity of the decision that the Supreme Court may make during her short tenure,” the senator from Iloilo said.

Drilon points out that the appointment extended by Duterte is only good for six weeks, since by October De Castro is set to retire.

It might be recalled that De Castro was a vocal critic of Sereno and she was  one of the five Supreme Court justice who testified in the House of Representatives against Sereno.

She is also part of the seven justices who are know facing a separate impeachment complaint for their involvement in the granting of the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida.

Drilon is very critical of the new Chief Justice since pending before now the Supreme Court acting as a Presidential Electoral Tribunal is hearing the case of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s electoral protest against Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo of the Liberal Party.

Another political issue is the challenge lodged by the opposition challenging the decision of the President to withdraw the country’s membership from the International Criminal Court.

 

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  1. utot mo din minsan drilon sobrang baho...noong si sereno ang cj wala kang imik kahit binabalahura na ang korte suprema..ngayon si de castro ang daldal mo naman...pweh!

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