As one of her final acts as President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo hastily appointed Renato Corona as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. We wondered why she blatantly ignored the possibility that this midnight appointment would be legally questionable. Could this TRO be an act of “utang na loob”?
Against national interest, the Philippine medical community, and the Aquino administration, eight justices of the Supreme Court, a majority of GMA appointees led by the Chief Justice, has allowed GMA to leave the country at any time. Will she return?
Since 2005, the Black and White Movement has demanded accountability and transparency from Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. We want to believe that she will return to face her accusers and prove her innocence. But her track record is splotched with too many instances of evasion. She has credibility issues with the Filipino people.
In the event she decides to remain abroad, the Filipino people may never know the truth behind so many issues that require redress – cheating in the 2004 and 2007 elections, the Fertilizer Scam, the NBN-ZTE Deal, among others.