March 19, 2010
The labor party-list Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) joined the multisectoral outcry against the decision allowing the appointment of a “midnight Chief Justice.” Jane Bernardo, PM-Iligan leader stated that “A midnight Chief Justice beholden to Gloria Arroyo is arguably the worst legacy of the regime.”
In Manila scores of PM members joined the multisectoral march today from the corner of Kalaw and Taft Ave. to Faura and then on to Orosa St., going around the Supreme Court building in the area. They carried placards with the messages “Workers oppose a midnight Chief Justice” and “Resist Gloria Forever scenario.”
The labor party-list believes that the controversial Supreme Court decision on the appointment of a Chief Justice by President Arroyo paves the way for her control of the high court in a period where constitutional and legal disputes will likely arise. “One by one, the institutions of the state are falling like dominoes to Arroyo’s domination. We will wake up one day with Arroyo as Speaker of the House back to power as acting President,” Bernardo warned.
She lauded Justice Carpio-Morales for “having the balls to be the lone dissenter among a pack of conformist men.” Bernardo echoed the appeal of various groups and personalities for the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision, “There is still time and opportunity for the high court to redeem itself and reverse its decision before the country falls into abyss of the perpetuation of Arroyo’s rule.”