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SC nomination should not be used as trap for judicial independence January 23, 2007

Posted by s511 in Political Crisis, The Judiciary.
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January 23, 2007

Akbayan Rep. Etta Rosales today expressed fears that the Supreme Court vacancy could be used to sway suppossedly independent judicial courts such as the Sandiganbayan towards decisions favorable to cronies or for political concessions.

“The presence of Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro and Court of Appeals justices is otherwise acceptable,” said Rosales, “but in the context of the times when courts like the Sandiganbayan is deciding on so many controversial cases such as the coco levy case, Eraps’ plunder case, etc., we hope that such nominations do not undermine the independence of these bodies.”