MANILA -- President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Thursday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to reconsider its ruling imposing status quo ante order on Executive Order 2 revoking midnight appointees of his predecessor.

“We are all at the service of our people, we hope that they will broaden their view and see the implications of this singular act,” Aquino said in a press briefing in Malacanang Thursday.

He pointed out that even if the ruling only applies to one petitioner, Bai Omera Dianalan-Lucman, he feared its “far-reaching consequences on other alleged midnight appointees”.

“By focusing on the minutiae of the case, the Supreme Court effectively turned back the clock. It dishonors the decency of those who had the courtesy to resign,” he said.

“The potential result of this will be chaos and paralysis in the Executive Branch of government, as the legitimacy of officials appointed to replace those already removed will be cast in doubt,” he added.

President Aquino issued Executive Order No. 2 recalling, withdrawing, or revoking midnight appointments made by the previous administration.

There are about 900 government executives have been covered by this EO. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)