Leila de Lima: A walking violation of the rule of law

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!

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima: No competence, integrity, high sense of independence to become Chief Justice

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima shows her true color. She is now making public her long concealed ambition. After doing her best to serve the interest of President Noynoy Aquino and least on the interest of the people, Leila de Lima now expect to become the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. I hope she reconsider and would put her strong lust for the position into shelves.

First, how could she become a Chief Justice when she herself did not respect the Supreme Court?

Second, did she bother to ask why the Commission on Appointments could not confirm her position as Justice Secretary? It boils down to competence and integrity and De Lima lacked that qualities.

Third, who told her that she had the qualities needed for a Chief Justice? Only Aquino, maybe.

The Chief Justice should have competence, integrity, high sense of independence to become Chief Justice, De Lima told. She felt that she has all the three.

I concur with the wisdom Manila Standard Today, “On these three measures alone, we are sorry to say, De Lima has proved grossly unqualified.”

On competence, Manila Standard Today, reminds us how former Commissioner Leila de Lima of Commission on Human Rights (CHR) handled the Maguindanao Massacre. Now that she become the Secretary of Justice, she did too little to Maguindanao Massacre but did much to prosecute the enemy of her boss, President Noynoy.

Working for the desire of the President and not to serve the nation is what make Justice Secretary Leila de Lima unqualified to the position of Chief Justice. Clearly, she has no integrity and sense of independence.

I hope the lady will reconsider her dreams of becoming the next Chief Justice. As Manila Standard puts it, “shameless self-promotion, naked ambition and a lust for position.”

I am afraid that if ever Leila de Lima become the Chief Justice, she would do nothing except to protect the interest of President Noynoy Aquino and his family.

I’m afraid when Chief Justice has no minds of his/her own and just rely on the words of his/her benefactor.