Aquino hits SC for reversing EO 2
By Thea Alberto, Yahoo Southeast Asia
President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Thursday lashed out at the Supreme Court for granting the motion of a ‘midnight appointee,’ effectively reversing his Executive Order number 2.
On Wednesday, the High Court issued a Status Quo Ante Order granting the motion of Bai Omera Dianalan-Lucman, who was one of the four people who filed petitions questioning EO 2.
“By focusing on the minutiae of the case, the Supreme Court effectively turned back the clock. It dishonors the decency of those who had the courtesy to resign,” Aquino said in a press conference.
By issuing the said decision, Aquino said SC has tested “the limits of its constitutional authority” and even warned that “this latest order could precipitate a clash with another separate, co-equal branch of government.”
Aquino said the SC decision also casts doubt on the legitimacy of officials appointed by his administration.
Aquino then urged the SC to exercise judicial prudence to prevent a “chaos and paralysis in the Executive Branch of government.”
The President, meanwhile, refused to believe that the SC decision against his EO had something to do with his earlier rift with Chief Justice Renato Corona and because the other Justices were appointed by his predecessor, now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
“I’d rather maintain the view that I hold them in respect and I expect them to do what is right,” said Aquino.
On July 30, Aquino signed EO number 2 which recalled the appointments of those installed in their posts two months before the 2010 presidential elections.
Reposted From Thea Alberto of Yahoo! Southeast Asia