In reality this may be something P-Noy really wants to do (talk is that his choice for CJ is really Justice Secretary Leila de Lima). But we all know that it’s not healthy to depart from constitutional processes, given P-Noy’s dictatorial tendencies.
Former Solicitor-General Francisco Chavez filed a motion in the SC protesting the presence of Sen. Francis Escudero and Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. in the JBC. Chavez maintains---and many lawyers agree with him---that this practice of having two representatives of Congress in the JBC---a practice prevalent over the years since the Constitution was enacted in 1987---violates its provision for a SINGLE VOTE of Congress in that body.
Asserted the Times editorial: "The new (CJ) must not only be a man (or woman) of integrity guided by the highest sense of morality and patriotism. He or she must also be an inspiring figure and a decisive chief executive officer who has the personal skills to reform the entire Philippine judiciary and rid it of scalawag justices, judges and clerks. Anyone who has been a protagonist in destructive partisan politics and a contributor to creating the sorry state of the judiciary today must be screened out at once."
In the Times' mind, "front-runner" Justice Carpio, "more than any other applicant...appears to have contributed the most to creating the dire state of our judiciary." Hence, it asserts, he cannot be the SC's knight in shining armor.