There’s an alleged plan to impeach Chief Justice Reynato Puno. Reports say it could be linked to a pending disqualification case of Olivia Paras against Negros Oriental Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong and/or the move for Charter Change. The Chief asked politicians to spare the Supreme Court from “partisan manipulation”.
According to the Inquirer:
The threat to remove Puno from his post is reportedly tied to the Supreme Court’s alleged non-promulgation of a decision disqualifying an incumbent House member despite the concurrence in mid-2008 of 14 justices. (Read full story here; Inquirer opinion.)
An article in ABS-CBN News reads:
Critics of President Arroyo on Sunday said that the alleged administration’s move to impeach Chief Justice Reynato Puno is tied to a “game plan for Charter change (Cha-cha) and allow Mrs. Arroyo to become prime minister. (Read full story here; the discussion on why the decision was not promulgated is here.)
Each one is entitled to an opinion.
(Here’s one opinion, from Conrado de Quiros: “Puno for president”.)