My father asked me to read yesterday's column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer written by former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban entitled "Hot Seat in the Supreme Court". It was a particularly factual piece on the details surrounding the announcement last week that Justice Gregory Ong was appointed by PGMA to the Supreme Court. I'm sure Papa and I were not the only lawyers in the country shaking our heads in utter disbelief at the selection process, if indeed there was a process, that went on. Most striking was this portion of the column, and I quote:
"Ignoring rank, age and precedence.
"In choosing Ong, President Macapagal-Arroyo bypassed the three heads of the three appellate courts: Reyes of the Court of Appeals, De Castro of the Sandiganbayan, and Acosta of the Court of Tax Appeals."These three presiding justices are superior in rank, age and precedence of appointment to their respective courts than the appointee. x x x"
Read the full story here.