Militants on Nograles’ SC bid post: Absolutely incorrigible 

Militants on Nograles’ SC bid post: Absolutely incorrigible

“The Supreme Court is not a political sanctuary and his plan to get an SC post is absolutely incorrigible”.

This was how the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) described the plan of House Speaker Prospero Nograles who was reported to be eyeing a Supreme Court justice post after his retirement in 2010.

“Supreme Court Justice Prospero Nograles? I can’t imagine calling him by that address. Give us a break,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.

“Nograles should retire from politics and quit playing the role of a no.1 lapdog of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. There is no such thing as glorious exit for this traditional politician who collaborated with the ruling gangland in Malacanang,” added Hicap.

The Pamalakaya leader reminded Speaker Nograles that the Supreme Court is not a sanctuary for traditional politician seeking a new lease for political career and survival.

Pamalakaya, along with other militant groups had filed complaints of human rights violations against Speaker Nograles at the Commission on Human Rights for the violent May 22 dispersal of farmers and fisherfolk camping by the gates of the House of Representatives to push for the enactment of a progressive land reform law, known as the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill. (GARB).

The militants also filed criminal and administrative complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman also regarding the dispersal, calling on Ombudswoman Atty. Merceditas Gutierrez to determine the accountability of House Speaker Nograles and other House officials on the violent dispersal.

Sources privy to the Speaker, said Nograles had talked to one of the members of the Judicial Bar Council (JBC) about his plans after retiring from politics. He is on his last term as district representative of Davao City.

Nograles, a bar topnotcher, told that he is open to the idea of becoming a member of the High Tribunal, but “that is not my option to date.”

“Maybe–and only maybe–I will start to consider it next year when my watch [as Speaker] expires. But it’s not in my radar today,” he said.

He said he intends to finish his term as congressman, and is not willing to give up his post as speaker of the House of Representatives, the fourth in the line of succession.

“I have not talked to anyone about it. Your source must be wrong. But I’m flattered your source thinks I can go there,” he said.#


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