On another note, Justice Corona was selected as the new Chief Justice. Not a huge surprise. Corona is widely seen as an Arroyo ally, more so than other Arroyo appointees. However, the administration's endorsement seemed a bit lukewarm, almost as if he were simply the next justice in line:
"Considering that he has been nominated by the JBC, he happens to be the most senior. And nobody I think can question this announcement and his eventual appointment,'' Raul Victorino, chief presidential legal counsel, said of Corona’s appointment at a Malacañang news briefing.Certainly a contrast to Obama's announcement that he would nominate Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court. I'll talk more about Corona later when I write a book review about Shadow of Doubt. We'll see if Aquino accepts or fights that appointment.
Oh, and Arroyo won't be going away anytime soon. She won election as a congresswoman and is tipped to become speaker of the House.