‘Tipo kong CJ’

NAGPALABAS na ng kautusan ang Malakanyang sa iba’t ibang ahensiya ng gobyerno para muling umaksyon kontra sa mga kolorum na sasakyan – partikular ang mga bus at van na bumibiyahe sa buong THE country’s city mayors belonging to the League of Cities of the Philippines have joined forces with the labor groups, church organizations, legal practitioners, non-government organizations and members of the academe in forming a new grassroots-based movement that aims to set the standards that befit a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Dubbed: “Ang Tipo Kong Chief Justice” Movement, the new group seeks to solicit public opinion on the qualities and qualifications that must be embodied by the Chief Justice for him to gain the trust and confidence of the citizenry, according to LCP secretary general and Alaminos, Pangasinan Mayor Hernani Braganza.

He says: “Whether Chief Justice Renato Corona is found guilty or not by the Senate in the impeachment proceedings, we want our voices to be heard as part of the widening public clamor for reforms in the country’s judicial system.”

In coming out with the movement, he says they only want the ordinary people to do their share in this effort by articulating their view of an ideal Chief Justice, not only by virtue of his legal expertise but in his moral fitness to assume the highest post in the judiciary.

Other convenors explain that the new movement aims to harness the power of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs as well as traditional mass campaigns such as signature drive and campus tours in eliciting wider public participation in the search for the ideal Chief Justice.

The launching of the movement is quite timely as ordinary people have shunned from participating in the impeachment proceedings due to their inability to comprehend and appreciate the legal maneuvering by both the prosecution and defense panels at the Senate.

People have been relegated to the position of spectators, rather than stakeholders whose lives are affected by the imperfections of the judicial system.

It is now high time that the people reclaim their rightful place in this particular manifestation of democracy at work.

The LCP, an organization of 122 city mayors all over the country, was unanimous in saying that its ideal Chief Justice is one who would respect the provisions of the Constitution and the Local Government Code in the conversion of municipalities into cities.

“We deserve a Chief Justice that will respect the Constitution, the Local Government Code, and the high court’s own rules of procedure, to prevent the illegal conversion of local government units,” says Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz.

Cruz has scored the SC for its repeated “flip-flopping” on the case it filed against the conversion into cities of 16 municipalities that did not meet the qualifications set by the Constitution and the LGC. The latest high tribunal’s decision on the case has resulted in the loss of about P10-billion in Internal Revenue Allocations for the existing cities, according to Braganza and Cruz.

The movement exhorted the youth to track down the activities of the group through Facebook account “Tipo kong Chief Justice” and Twitter account “Tipong CJ.”


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