P-Noy called a "bully" for lambasting Supreme Court
ABS-CBNNews.com and Inquirer.net report that President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III is being hit by critics for lambasting the Supreme Court (SC) in two separate instances.
Inquirer.net pointed out: "On Thursday, December 1, Aquino gave Chief Justice Renato Corona a dressing down at the 30th anniversary celebration of the Makati Business Club." The report futher revealed, "As Corona sat in stony silence, Aquino did not mince words when he spoke about several instances when the court stopped him from going after [former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo]."
Meanwhile, ABS-CBNNews.com discussed how the president had brought up his gripes against the SC in the 1st National Criminal Justice Summit held at the Manila Hotel on Monday, December 5.
The ABS-CBNNews.com report cited Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) chairman Dante Jimenez, who said, "This is disgusting. P-Noy should apologize to the people for his ill-mannered unpresidential behavior. Mr. President, you seem to have gone overboard. Bastosan na ba ito? It’s indeed disturbing." He added, "It is sending the wrong message that is all right to defy the courts of law. And why not? Binabastos nga mismo ito ng Presidente! Is this the kind of message the President wants to project? Then, let’s disregard the courts, go out into the streets and kill each other. P-Noy must show a good example as leader of a democratic country."
ABS-CBNNews.com also quoted Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay, who said, "He should be more mature and be more diplomatic. Being President does not give him to belittle anyone because it so happened that court decisions did not go in his favor. It’s time we put civility and order in this country. We should ensure that the Constitution prevails, even if others are trying to destroy it." According to the report, Magsaysay thought Aquino clearly "bullied the SC and singled out Corona."
Both Jimenez and Magsaysay "praised Corona for not engaging in a word war against the president." Jimenez even made himself an example, claiming that he "gave due respect to the Supreme Court despite being penalized for insulting the Court’s decision on the Vizconde massacre case."