nominated for CJ post
Posted at 06/08/2012 3:05 PM | Updated as of 06/08/2012 8:15 PM
MANILA, Philippines - Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares was nominated for the position of chief justice Friday, more than a week after the ouster of the previous chief magistrate Renato Corona.
was flattered by the nomination but said she
has to think about accepting it.
"Personally, I have to think about it because I'm doing a lot of things in the BIR
If I say that it's something worth giving up to do something that's equally as important, then I will have to consult with the President," she
Dateline Philippines on Friday.
also said it will be up to President Aquino if he
will heed suggestions that he
should not appoint someone from outside the Supreme Court.
said Aquino will always appoint someone who he
believes will push the judicial agenda that he
has proven that he
will do what is right for our country.
I believe whatever decision he
has the country's welfare at heart," he
Henares said she became a lawyer in 1997 before joining the Sycip, Gorres and Velayo (SGV) tax division for 8 months.
She later joined the Romulo Mabanta law office for 8-9 years.
She was head of compliance and legal affairs of ING Bank then became partner of Yap Jacinto Jacob Law Office.
She served as governor of the Board of Investments and deputy commissioner of the BIR before becoming a legal adviser for a revenue agency in Afghanistan.
She also worked as Senior Private Sector Development Specialist for the World Bank Group.
"If you look at it, my legal background and management background is really quite -- I would say I went from private sector to public sector to international multilateral agencies so it's a pretty well-developed background.
It's not purely legal.
It has a lot of management reform skills developed through the years," she
PNoy weighs losing Henares
A Palace spokesperson on Friday said President Aquino is weighing the pros and cons of losing Henares if she is appointed the country's next chief justice.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte echoed what President Aquino said: that the chief executive would have to weigh first if letting go of Henares would be good for the administration.
Commissioner Henares has been a pillar of our tax efforts... She's very no-nonsense, she's very matter-of-fact which helps in her administration of the tax laws' enforcement," Valte told reporters.
But certainly, Commissioner Henares is very qualified for the post."
Henares is the fourth nominee after Solicitor-General Francis Jardeleza, former Ateneo De Manila College of Law Dean Cesar Villanueva and Atty.