Palace mum on 'Arroyo-Corona reunion' in jail

Posted at 10/29/12 9:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda on Monday refused to comment on the remarks of the spokesman of former President Gloria Arroyo on alleged pressure of Malacañang on the judiciary.

Reports quoted lawyer Raul Lambino as saying that President Beningo Aquino's remark about a "reunion" in jail between former President GMA and ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona smacks of implied pressure from Malacañang.

"We have no comment on that. We have always said that we respect the jurisdiction of the courts and their independence. So, again, that is a political statement from their spokesperson and we leave it at that," Lacierda said.

The Palace also remained silent mum on the comments of Commission on Human Rights' Etta Rosales about former President Arroyo being ridiculed in the public by no less than Aquino.

"I think, the public knows when it is serious and when it is a joke," Lacierda said.

He said the reference made by the President on the wheelchair in his speech at New Zealand is very clearly a joke.