By Akihira Tatchu, Cherry de Belen and Lollipop delos Reyes
MANILA-Philippines-The rabid-PGMA (President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo) group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) urged on Wednesday the Supreme Court to order GMA to recall her midnight appointees, saying the March 17 SC decision only exempts appointments to the high tribunal from the ban beginning two months from the May 10, 2010 elections.
In a press statement, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap appealed to outgoing SC Chief Justice Reynato Puno and the 14 other justices to immediately cite President Arroyo in contempt of court and declare her previous appointments covered by ban unlawful and unconstitutional.
“The Supreme Court should stop GMA’s anarchy of midnight appointments. Who knows Mrs. Arroyo would soon appoint midnight DJs (disc jockeys) in Malacanang if she feels she needs some entertainment too,” the Pamalakaya leader said.
According to Hicap, President Arroyo is treating the Supreme Court as a low life political animal in the country, which is highly evident in the flurry of fresh appointments in the executive department and filling up of vacancies in the judiciary despite the constitutional ban.
Hicap added: “President Arroyo is rapaciously practicing the politics of wholesale accommodation by giving juicy government posts to a fresh batch of cronies and puppets.” The Pamalakaya official said it is obvious President Arroyo is playing around with the SC decision favoring her to appointment the next Chief Justice ahead of the May 10, 2010 elections.
Among the new appointees was 87-year old taipan Alfonso Yuchengco who replaced Philippine Ambassador to Germany Delia Albert-Domingo who learned she had been replaced when she received an award from President Arroyo in Malacanang.
The Chief Executive also unceremoniously booted out National Museum Director Cora Alvina and Bureau of Animal Industry Director Dave Catbagan and replaced the entire boards of the National Museum and the National Historical Institute.
On Monday, acting Justice secretary Alberto Agra said Malacanang will use the SC decision upholding her right to appoint the next Supreme Court Chief Justice to fill up vacancies in the judiciary until her last day in office on June 30, which Hicap said was a direct affront to the 15-member justices of the high court.
Pamalakaya said the Supreme Court made the fresh appointments of President Arroyo illegal, adding that the appointment of other appointees like Libran Cabactulan as the country’s representative to United Nations, Mark Lapid as Chief Operating Officer of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority and Cynthia Carreon as head of Tourism Promotions Board should be also be recalled based on the high court decision. #