Midas Marquez who was the late CJ Corona’s spokesperson is the first to be interviewed among 8 applicants in the line-up.The Supreme Court vacancy is for Justice Bienvenido Reyes who will retire on July 6. After Reyes, Justice Jose Mendoza will also retire on August 13. Marquez said that the SC gives a fair ruling on Marcos-related issues so far.
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[VIDEO]: Court Administrator Midas Marquez is grilled by Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) member retired SC Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez on martial law in Mindanao by President Rodrigo Duterte. Marquez said he does not see the need for the Congress to convene on martial law, but deferred answering directly to the Ilocos 6 conflict.
Supreme Court Justice candidate Midas Marquez told the Judicial and Bar Council or JBC that the decision to bury the late President Ferdinand Marcos at Heroes’ Cemetery was “sound” and that Congress need not convene on President Du3o’s martial law declaration in Mindanao.
Martial Law Joint Session
“Congress only needs to convene if they intend to revoke martial law,” Marquez explained. This is also his stand on the present declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Both chambers’ decision not to convene to approve it is right. It is not necessary, Marquez said.
Supreme Court was Out of EDSA
The late President Ferdinand Marcos did not get an honorable dismissal. Some people made him go away during EDSA revolution. It has nothing to do with the Supreme Court. The late Cory Aquino took over the presidency.
Marcos was not a Criminal
Marquez also clarifies that Marcos did not commit crimes. He was never a criminal as Du3o earlier said. Although he was reminded of the late dictator’s human rights abuses, he thinks that he’s not solely responsible for them.