GMA BELIEVES SUPREME COURT WILL WEATHER CRISISManila, June 4, 2003 -- President Gloria Arroyo believes Tuesday that the Supreme Court will manage to weather the current crisis plaguing the high tribunal. Pres. Arroyo said she is confident that the SC will be able to evade the impeachment complaint filed against them by allies of deposed Pres. Joseph Estrada. Pres. Arroyo said, "The Supreme Court will handily surmount this challenge." She was reacting to the impeachment charge filed by Estrada's allies in Congress Monday against the SC, especially Chief Justice Hiliario Davide, Jr., for allegedly playing partisan politics to legalize the popular former leader's ouster in January 2001. Ex-Senator Rene Saguisag, who had also acted as Estrada's lawyer until early this year, filed the impeachment complaint seeking the removal of Davide and Associate Justices Artemio Panganiban, Josue Bellosillo, Antonio Carpio, Renato Corona, Reynato Puno, Leonardo Quisumbing and Jose Vitug. The President pointed out that the legitimacy of her administration had been confirmed a long time ago and was based on the Constitution. Likewise, she said, most countries have confimed the legitimacy of her government while the Filipino public have thrown their support behind her already. "The legitimacy of the government has been upheld Constitutionally, accepted by all nations, and sustained in countless ways by unequivocal popular support," Pres. Arroyo noted.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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