Sereno’s appointment seals Aquino’s absolute power over branches of gov’t

YOUTH group Anakabayan said President Benigno Aquino’s appointment of Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Punzalan Aranal-Sereno as Chief Justice confirms what we knew all along: CJ impeachment was about Luisita and about President Noynoy Aquino’s control of the judiciary for his clan’s interests.

Sereno in her opinion regarding the Cojuangco-Aquino-owned Luisita, wanted farmers to pay Cojuangcos P10 billion. We must take note that land valuation issue in Luisita is still not resolved, the group said in a statement.

Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan national chairperson, said Sereno’s appointment seals Aquino’s tyranny over branches of government which he will surely utilize to further implement pro-foreign and pro-crony policies which will attack the interests majority of Filipinos who are poor.

One such policy which will benefit from the new Chief Justice is the move to revive Charter Change, and the opening up of the national economy and patrimony to further plunder by giant foreign corporations. Another is Aquino’s Executive 79 which is seen as a means to override LGUs’ ordinances against foreign, destructive mining operations, Crisostomo said.

The group called on the Filipino people to fight the reversal of the SC ruling on Hacienda Luisita, advance Charter Change, and legalize EO 79. We further call on our kababayans to strengthen the movement against anti-people policies of the landlord and pro-elite Aquino regime.

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