For this is, indeed, the first time that an appointee, not yet confirmed by the Commission on Appointments, dared to criticize the Congress and in a manner, too, that leaves no doubt as to what he thinks of that body… It might have been a trifle indiscreet but then it is only through such indiscretion that our government can be given its periodical bath…The members of that body are caught flat-footed by the uncompromising attitude of our Solicitor General who practically told them: "Your People's Court bill is no good. It is not only no good, it stinks… Your bill is rotten. After it becomes a law, my office will have to enforce it. I do not want to have anything to do with it. Appoint somebody else to do the dirty job for you. I want to quit." The matter with Solicitor Tañada is that he is capable, honest and upright. And when he thinks that his usefulness as a public servant is at an end…he is honest enough to say so and then resign. And to make the whole situation worse, he does not need the job. He can, by quitting, earn more and he does not care. If we were Congress, we would listen to this bright young man and modify the bill accordingly. And if we were the Commission on Appointments, we would spite him by confirming his appointment unanimously.
C. Moran Sison, The Guerilla Newspaper, 12 September 1945