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BIR Commissioner Kim Henares. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares said on Tuesday that she was still unsure of accepting the nomination to the post of Chief Justice but admitted that she could not pass up the chance to undertake reforms in the judiciary.

Henares addressed doubts that she would not be up to the job of leading the judiciary by saying she had the advantage of having had to deal with the imperfections of the judicial system.

“I fought for my right against illegal termination and I saw the hardships, the process. You will have to fight the system,” Henares told reporters at the traditional vin d’ honneur in Malacañang for the country’s 114th Independence Day anniversary.

“You will have to fight the large law firm [that] does not even appear as lawyers but who are doing all the back-channeling. And I mean, what can be a better teacher than experiencing the judicial system yourself?” she added.

“You will have to fight the large law firm [that] does not even appear as lawyers but who are doing all the back-channeling. And I mean, what can be a better teacher than experiencing the judicial system yourself?” she added.

Henares was nominated for the Chief Justice position along with Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza, lawyer and women’s rights advocate Katrina Legarda, former Ateneo de Manila University law school dean Cesar Villanueva, Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Raul Pangalangan, and former Laguna Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Marianito Sasondocillo.


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  • Aryong

    The grand master plan is taking shape, PNoy to control all branches of the government. Very fitting news indeed during the independence day.

    When forefathers stood against tyrany, PNoy builds his own empire.

  • mekeni62

    oo naman.

  • RickyCarandang

    NAGBUNGA DIN ANG PAGHAHABOL MO KAY CORONA, ANO?

    SA WAKAS, MATUPAD NA RIN ANG IYONG PANGARAP NA MAGING CHIEF JUSTICE.

    KUDOS TO DAANG MATUWID!

  • ns rimonte

    last time i checked, the correct preposition that follows
    “interested” was “in,” e.g., “she is interested in the position.”

    when did pdi change it to “interested for?”

  • rea1031

    I am an avid supporter of PNoy but once he chooses any of his “ladies” to the CJ position…I will be the first to leave his camp….I vouch for Katrina Legarda for the CJ post…..

  • linsanity17

    That’s “TUWID na DAAN” for you people…we are heading into a dicatatorship again…

  • kentohtan

    masyado nang gasgas itong sinasabing pnoy wants to control all branches of gov’t.heto yung battlecry ni corona na hindi bumenta sa sambayan.

    ang utak talangka ay utak talangka,martilyohin mo man,utak talangka pa rin!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HHVQLHXDXLNSQW6XP6H7BEFIOY Wilson J

    These were all part of the grand plan. The names De Lima, Carpio and  Henares were now floated as a viable replacement. All who have taken part in the ouster of a man all in the disguise for the search for justice and truth. My bet would be that anyone of them, will emerge the new CJ and the ruling for the hacienda Luisista will be reversed and one person would have the last laugh. As usual, justice will still be for  the haves and not the have nots. Justice would still be dispensed in favor of those who have the highest bid. No changes at all.

    No, delicadeza is lost here. Self ambition prevails over national fervor. Self interest rule over that of others. Wala ng makabayan ngayon dahil kung meron man  they were silenced by how bulok the system is. Kuyog kuyog lang yan. Maganda kalagayan mo if you are in the right company. And yellow is the previaling color so expect these people to rule over until such time that a new one takes over, this time surrounded by these same people who thrives where power thrives.

  • antigo3

    kung mangyari…first female scj na mukhang buriko pa!

  • RickyCarandang

    DE LIMA, HENARES, CARPIO…

    DI BA ATAT NA ATAT ITONG MGA HAYOP NA ITO NA MAPA-ALIS SI CORONA.

    NGAYON, PARANG MGA ASONG GUTOM NA NAG AAGAWAN NG BUTO.

    KUNG ASAL HAYOP NGA NAMAN ANG LIDER, NA SI NOYNOY, ASAL HAYOP DIN ANG MGA TAUHAN.

    • tigok

      LOSERRRRRRRRRRR

  • blade_29

    Anybody connected with the present administration should not be made chief justice, period.

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    commisioner kim
    baka may mas marami kang
    magawa sa bir
    para sa bayan
    ceo ka dyan

    sa supreme court
    primus inter pares ka lang
    collegial body

    request ko lang
    continue your excellent work
    in the bir

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    After allowing herself to be used by Pnoy to impeach Corona, there is only one word to describe this lady: KAPAL. 

    Lahat na ATTACK DOGS ni Pnoy like Henares, De Lima, Drilon and that Cojuangco Lawyer ay UMPISA nang NAG-AGAWAN NG BOTO, like real HUNGRY ASONG KALYE.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BNTTI4OOQRZFKOPDDMHI26JLII roy

    So this Fatima Reyes  quoted a report… Anong klaseng reporter ito??? And PDI, through its headline made it appear as if it was a first hand information..Wahh!!!

  • JJF724

    Considering that SC is infested by SJ that legalized Midnight Appointment and issue TRO to protect Corona’s bank deposits.  I say, we need a CJ that is serious to reform SC!  I vote for De Lima!

    Also all Justices terms should be reduce to maximum of 3 years!

    • mekeni62

      no you can’t vote for a CJ he he. but if you wish just go ahead.

    • http://twitter.com/akosijapney Al Japney J. Loredo

      What do you mean by legalization of Midnight Appointment? There’s no such thing. Hahahaha

      • JuanTamadachi

        I think what JFF724 means is that the majority of the SC Justices now, were “midnight appointees” of GMA and these very same Justices later on “legalized” their appointments by ruling and/or deciding in their favor, i.e., that their appointments were not “midnight appointments” and hence legal.. A corollary to this, is the Supreme Court Justices having taken upon themselves the task of investigating one (1) of their own (Justice del Castillo if I’m not mistaken) for plagiarism and eventually clearing him; where prudence & delicadeza dictated that another branch of the government should have done the investigation to avoid any suspicion and/or hint of partiality..

        q m?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Delikdeza naman sana Henares.
    Tumestigo ka laban kay Corona kasi interesado ka pala sa puesto niya.
    Wala na bang may kahit kaunting hiya pa sa gobyerno ngayon? 

  • mekeni62

    delicadeza lang po. Nuon binanatan niyo na walang delicadeza si Corona sa pagtanggap sa paghirang sa kaniya ni Gloria bilang CJ. Ngayon kayo naman. Ipakita niyo naman sa amin na mayroon kayo nun.Ipagsigawan pa na interesado ka sa puwesto? Kakapalan naman ng mukha iyan.

  • JuanTamadachi

    Attorney Kim Henares, I hope you stay with the B.I.R… As you are probably aware it is the big business interests owned by Chinoys & Filipinos that are pushing for your appointment to the SC to get you out of their way because under your watch, they cannot get away with tax evasion nor in substantially reducing their tax payments thru the “lagay system”. Again please stay with the B.I.R…

    q m?

  • Rathbumo

    Bago ka mag-aspire na maging Chief Justice Comm. Kim Henares, linisin mo muna ang iyong name sa controversy na kinasangkutan mo noong 2000 habang ikaw ang Bossing ng Compliance and Legal Department ng Dutch bank ING Barings Bank. You were fired by the management because of your several decisions that was unfavorable to the interest of the bank.
    Pero Bago ka umalis, hindi mo na isauli yung 1996 BMW 318 na ipinagamit sa iyo bilang service car. Kaya nga nagsampa ang ING Barrings Bank ng replevin [a legal procedure for claiming the right to have personal property returned from the possession of one who had less right to hold it than the plaintiff] upang mabawi ang nasabing sasakyan.
    Makati RTC Judge Oscar Pimentel ordered the seizure of the car which ING has been trying to take back from Henares.
    Oh, kitam eh may itinatago ka din palang multo samantalang kung dikdikin nyo si Corona parang siya na lang ang pinakamasamang tao sa balat ng lupa.
    Kailangang malaman ng publiko ang katotohanan Comm. Henares. Totoo ba ang ibinibintang sa iyo?
    Isang YES or NO lang ang iyong isasagot.
    Pero Kung mananahimik ka lang sa issue, all the more na pagdududahan ang iyong integrity.
    And when your integrity is in question, then, wala kang karapatan upang maging Chief Justice.
    The Chief Justice is always above reproach. Yan ang ipinangangalandakan nyo noong
    kasagsagan ng impeachment trial ni Corona.
    Are you beyond reproach, Comm. Henares? Just asking!

  • spearheads

    I am amused by these turn of events, viz a vi Henares vs. Delima. And, can’t help laughing out loud reading the yellow blogs fighting each other tooth and nail, insisting that one is better than the other. Unknown to them, both have distinct similarities and these are: 1. Both does not know that hearsay evidence is not admissible in court. Henares testified that Corona did not file his income tax returns for years 2003 and 2005 which was proven to be a lie. She did not even check the records of her office. In the same vein, Delima testified in open court, not of her own personal knowledge but “according to Sereno” she said. 2. Both are proven traitors. Both lapdogs loyalty has bee proven to be a fluke. Henares was fired by her previous employee for disloyalty. She was a top official of a prestigious bank but she was clandestinely working for the labor force. Some may say that it was for a noble cause. I strongly disagree. If that was her paradigm then she should have resigned first from the bank before helping the employees. Without resigning first, she took advantage of her position and traitorously stabbed the bank from behind. Proof? She lost her case against the bank which means she was removed for just cause. She even have the guts not to return the company car – BMW 318 which is now under orders of the court to return in a replevin case. In the case of Delima, she ate her benefactor GMA whole. She was the one who defied the SC TRO and prevented her benefactor the right to travel. Again, defying the TRO of the SC which you want to head is disloyalty perpetrated in advance considering that a lawyer is an officer of the court. She may have not been fired like Henares but soon to be if and when her disbarment materialized. These are the distinct similarities of the two rabid pitbulls of Malacanang who shamelessly want to be the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Both don’t even know basic laws and the Constitution.



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