Gloria Arroyo yesterday administered the oath of office of Artemio Panganiban, the new Supreme Court chief justice. The OPS photo above also shows Panganibanâ€™s wife Elenita. Arroyo appointed Panganiban as Chief Justice Hilario Davide’s replacement last Tuesday evening.
Described by his colleagues as a prolific write, it was Panganiban who arranged Arroyo’s oath as president during the EDSA revolt in 2001. According to a newspaper report, he has the support of the Iglesia ni Cristo, Protestant and El Shaddai groups, as well as the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of the Philippines and the business sector.
Arroyo broke a tradition when he appointed Panganiban instead of Reynato Puno, the number 2 man in the Supreme Court.
But given Arroyo’s background and current situation, such an appointment is isn’t surprising. At least, we will not have a Chief Justice Miriam–at least for now.