Among the first batch of Chief Justice (CJ) aspirants, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s words tickled my nerves.
It was good that she was asked why she defied the temporary restraining order (TRO) of the Supreme Court (SC) to her watch list order that would prevent former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from leaving the country for medical reasons. But the answer of Leila de Lima made me feel so bad.
De Lima, in her usual angry voice explained to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) that she did defiance because she could not obey a wrong order.
My question to de Lima is: How could she determine that the order of the Supreme Court is wrong? I wonder if we could ask de Lima to determine for us and enumerate to us what other Supreme Court orders are wrong. Perhaps, this lady secretary of justice can provide us wisdom which of the Supreme Court decisions are wrong according to her own interpretation.
In his column, lawyer and veteran journalist Emil Jurado reminded Leila de Lima:
As a lawyer, De Lima should realize that what the Supreme Court says is the law, whether she likes it or not. Those who disagree may file a motion for reconsideration.
The words and action of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima made her the most unqualified candidate for the Chief Justice position. Besides the fact that she lacks experience and she has disbarment case.
Emil Jurado’s description to what De Lima must be the perfect line for de Lima. He told his readers:
I call de Lima a walking violation of the rule of law
I agree with him and I believe that de Lima should no be appointed as the next Chief Justice. Seven people already filed their formal opposition to Leila de Lima’s candidacy for Chief Justice. That’s more than enough for her to reconsider her ambition.
I would like de Lima to reconsider her ambition to become the next Chief Justice because she has no competence, integrity, high sense of independence.
If ever she become one (God forbid), de Lima would become the CJ of the Palace and the Supreme Court, I’m afraid, would become the extension of Malacanang.
De Lima would then risk herself as the next CJ to be impeached! The Filipino nation cannot accept a Chief Justice that violates the rule of law!