Many think Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is out of her rocker, like I do, but, hey, let’s give credit where credit is due.
The feisty lady senator should be lauded for her recent pronouncement that Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Bureau of Internal Revenue commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares are not morally fit to be considered for the post of Chief Justice (CJ).
“It’s not necessarily disqualification to be a member of the Cabinet but if they participated in the impeachment trial it cannot be helped but raise doubts in the minds of the public that they were testifying so they could get rid of the incumbent and replace him,” Santiago said in an interview with reporters.
This is not only an astute observation, but a reasonable and valid assessment as well.
It is therefore in the best interest of the nation and to the advantage of the general public that de Lima and Henares decline the offer for the CJ position, much less their nomination as candidates.
It is not only the right thing to do, but it is showing the highest sense of delicadeza (propriety) by a public servant involved, one way or the other, directly or indirectly, in a very high profile case such as the ousting of no less than the CJ of the Supreme Court.
Let us not add more controversy to what we already have been subjected to. Enough is enough.
Let us move forward and have a short list of candidates instead who are less controversial and more deserving of the position of a CJ to choose from.
There are plenty of judges in all levels of the judiciary who have shown conviction, knowledge of the law and exemplary behavior, and who are more worthy than any politician or political ally out there.
Let us be fair. Let us give others the chance to serve.
Let us choose the best – one that is not beholden to any political potentate.