DAP, ipagtatanggol ng Solicitor General sa oral arguments ngayong Martes
FILE PHOTO: Ang Abogado ng Pamahalaan, Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza (UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines — Pagkakataon na ng gobyerno upang panindigan ang legalidad ng Disbursement Acceleration Program o DAP sa pagpapatuloy ng oral arguments ng Korte Suprema ngayong Martes.
Susubukan ng Solicitor General na kumbinsihin ang mga mahistrado na walang nilalabag na batas ang DAP.
Ang Solicitor General ang tumatayong abogado ng gobyerno.
Sa comment sa mga petisyon sa Korte Suprema, sinasabi na isang mekanismo lamang ang DAP upang pabilisin ang paggugol ng gobyerno.
Inumpisan ito noong 2011 para sa mga prayoridad na programa at proyekto ng gobyerno. Pinopondohan ito mula sa savings ng gobyerno at sa unprogrammed fund na bahagi ng taunang budget ng pamahalaan.
Dahil ito ay paraan lamang ng paggugol ng pondo, hindi na umano kailangan magpasa pa ng batas ang kongreso para dito.
Ayon pa sa Solicitor General, may kapangyarihan ang pangulo sa ilalim ng saligang-batas na mag-augment ng pondo ng mga item sa national budget.
Noong Nobyembre pa sinimulan ang oral arguments at naglahad na ng kanilang argumento ang mga petitioner.
Magugunitang hiniling ng Solicitor General na ipagpaliban sa Marso ang debate bukas ngunit hindi ito pinayagan ng Korte Suprema.
Walo sa siyam na mga petisyoner laban sa DAP ang naglabas ng pahayag nitong nakaraang linggo at inakusahan ang gobyerno na pinatatagal ang pagdinig sa isyu.
Kinuwestiyon sa Korte Suprema ang legalidad ng DAP dahil sa umano’y kagaya lamang ito ng pork barrel na discretionary at lump sum ang pondo.
Ngunit ayon mismo kay Pangulong Aquino, malayo ang pagkakaiba ng DAP sa PDAF. (Roderic Mendoza / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
Supreme Court: Oral arguments on anti-terror act to resume April 27
MANILA, Philippines — The oral arguments on petitions questioning the legality of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 will resume on April 27, the Supreme Court (SC) said.
In an advisory, the SC said the next oral arguments would be held via videoconferencing “given the current public health situation.”
“Oral arguments shall resume on April 27, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. which, per prior order, is two weeks after the lifting of enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Judicial Region,” the SC said.
“This arrangement shall be pro hac vice [for this occasion only] vis-à-vis these consolidated cases. Personal appearance before the Court En Banc remains to e the primary mode of conducting oral arguments,” it added.
The proceedings will be streamed online but will only be limited to an audio feed, the high court said.
The oral arguments on the 37 petitions lodged against the measure were put on hold since last month due to the spike of infections and other COVID-19 concerns.
SC releases copy of decision on Marcos’ electoral protest
MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) has released a copy of its decision junking the electoral protest filed by former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.
Based on the 91-page decision of the SC Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), Marcos’ “allegations appeared bare, laden with generic and repetitious allegations and lacked critical information.”
It also junked the third cause of action of the electoral protest which is the annulment of elections in three provinces: Maguindanao, Lanao Del Sur, and Basilan.
After the recount, Robredo got a total of 14,436,337 votes, while Marcos got 14,157,771 total votes.
Last February, the SC dismissed Marcos’ electoral protest; however, the former Senator said it does not include their third cause of action.
According to the tribunal, Marcos also failed to prove there was an anomaly during the elections and that Robredo was behind it. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
Supreme Court extends physical closure of courts in NCR Plus until April 18
MANILA, Philippines—Physical courts in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus will remain closed until April 18, the Supreme Court (SC) announced on Saturday (April 10).
Based on SC Administrative Circular no. 21-2021, all courts in the NCR Plus will continue to operate through videoconferencing and judges can conduct fully remote hearings online.
“Considering the unbated rise of COVID-19 cases, the requests of judges and court personnel, and upon the concurrence of the members of the court en banc; all the courts and judicial offices in the National Capital Judicial Region and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal shall remain physically closed until April 18,” the circular reads.
The SC said its offices in the NCR Plus can be reached via hotline and email addressed posted on its website.
Meanwhile, the time for filing and service of pleadings and motions during this period is suspended and shall resume “seven calendar days counted from the first day of physical reopening of the relevant court.” AAC