Philippines must move on without Renato Corona as Chief Justice: A commentary
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The impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona signals a new turning point of the country to move forward after 44 days. Senator Judges of the Impeachment Court shall return to their usual routines in the Upper House of the Philippine Legislature. The senators have to tackle pending bills of local and national significance and applications. Achievement of developments at all phases must take place as envisioned in those bills and other proposed legislative initiatives and measures.
Now that Corona is removed from office for cause and consequently convicted for his "deliberate act of excluding substantial assets from his sworn Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth constitutes a culpable violation of the Constitution," necessitates the appointment of a new Chief justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Who will be the next Supreme Court Chief Justice?
Everyone must not worry about the appointment of a new Chief Justice. Definitely, a process is put in place to perform that job. President Noynoy C. Aquino must be given that needed independence to choose anyone from a short list of candidates to be recommended by the Judicial Bar Council. The whole nation must have to wait for a while until a new Chief Justice will be appointed and installed.
The removal of Corona and the appointment of a new Chief Justice to replace him are two landmark events that strengthen democracy in this country.
In the past democracy has proven its potency to get rid of impediments that hinder its work in this country. It aborted a contemplated re-election bid of an incumbent president through a charter change. It removed a president whose impeachment trial was continued through EDSA 2 People Power Revolution.
Yes, Corona’s impeachment trial stalled to certain degrees the work of the Senate but, it accorded the chance for democratic processes to evolve and mature in this country. This maturity is seen as the Philippines moves forward without a Chief Justice Corona.