Celso says PNoy-SC widening rift does no good to country PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 17:07

The three branches of government—executive, legislative and judiciary should be in sync with each other in order for the country to move forward.

Mayor Celso Lobregat said this in reaction to the latest controversy involving Malacanang and Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona where President Aquino in a speech during the 1st National Criminal Justice Summit at the Manila Hotel chided what he implied as the High Tribunal’s partiality in its decisions particularly those involving former president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Arroyo, who appointed Justice Corona to the position.

“I really hope that this rift does not escalate further,” the mayor said when reporters covering City Hall sought his reaction to the issue. “In the spirit of Christmas and in the spirit of reconciliation, the 3 branches of government cnan and will work hand in hand”.

He emphasized that the widening rift between the two branches of government is not doing any good for the country. “It is not good for the country if the executive and the judiciary are at odds and not working together”.

When asked to comment further on the issue particularly on the actions of the president, the mayor opted to adopt the same stance as that of Justice Corona who said after the incident: “Just let it be. It’s almost Christmas, let’s think of peace”.

The Malacanang-High Tribunal rift amplified recently when the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the Department of Justice on Arroyo’s travel abroad for medical check-up; the SC’s declaration of the Aquino-created Philippine Truth Commission, a body tasked to investigate the allegations of corruption in the Arroyo administration, as unconstitutional and numerous other decisions that clashed with the opinion of the office of the president. — Sheila Covarrubias