By Hannah Torregoza
Far from being short and friendly, Sen said. Risa Hontiveros that the term of the newly appointed chief judge Teresita Leonardo-de Castro might be short and bitter.
Hontiveros said that all this is because President Rodrigo Duterte has made a careless decision to appoint her just to keep the Supreme Court under his control.
"The appointment of President Rodrigo Duterte of the one who will become the shortest serving Chief Justice in the history of the country is absolutely short-sighted," Hontiveros said in a statement.
"It has been terribly short on many fronts: a shortage of integrity, a short vision and little courage, President Duterte has just taken the shortest and surest path to keeping the Supreme Court under his control," the senator emphasizes.
President Duterte previously chose De Castro to become the new chief judge despite the fact that she would retire within six weeks. The Chief Executive reportedly attributes weight to the seniority of De Castro in the High Court.
The Castro is one of the five magistrates who testified against the deposed chief judge Maria Lourdes Sereno in the chamber committee on the accusation of dismissal against her.
The new head of the SC insisted that the appointment of Sereno, such as the high court leader in 2012 by President Benigno Aquino III, was invalid.
De Castro will serve as Chief Justice in less than two months after she retires on 8 October. She said, however, that she is sure that she can achieve many things in two months.
But Hontiveros said that the public should be extra vigilant about the appointment of De Castro as SC chief.
"I call on the public to be extra vigilant in these extremely difficult times," she said.
"In particular, the people Ferdinand & # 39; Bongbong & # 39; Marcos Jr. & # 39; s fierce election protests and the case concerning the withdrawal of the country from the International Criminal Court (ICC) must closely follow," added Senator.
Hontiveros refers to the election protests of the former Senator against Vice President Leni Robredo and Duterte's decision to withdraw the Philippines from the ICC, which has the task of bringing people to justice for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and aggression.
"Although the term of the new Chief Justice will be the shortest, it can also be long enough to cause further damage to our already battered democratic institutions," she emphasized.