Is an outsider chief justice likely?



Will the next chief justice be an outsider? Bets are on the table after President Benigno Aquino III indicated he was open to violating tradition and appointing an “outsider” as the country’s chief magistrate. Given 90 days to appoint a new chief justice, following the removal from office of Renato Corona, the President said, “There are no limits…There is a distinct possibility the chief justice can come from the outside or can come from within.” Among insiders, Antonio Carpio is the most senior of justices. He has assumed the post of chief justice in an acting capacity but will have to give it up if Aquino appoints someone else. Among the names being floated are those of Sen Franklin Drilon, who declared he was not interested, and Bureau of Internal Revenue chief Kim Henares.

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