Impeachment complaint laban kay Pangulong Aquino, inihain na sa kamara

admin   •   July 21, 2014   •   3606

Iba’t ibang grupo ang nagsilbing complainant sa impeachment complaint laban kay Pangulong Benigno Aquino III na inihain sa kamara kaugnay ng Disbursement Acceleration Program o DAP (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — 27 grupo ang lumagda at nagsilbing complainant sa impeachment complaint na inihain sa kamara laban kay Pangulong Benigno Aquino III.

Ang reklamo ay kaugnay ng Disbursement Acceleration Program o DAP na ideneklarang unconstitutional ng Korte Suprema.

Ayon sa grupo, papasok sa culpable violation of the constitution at betrayal of public trust under Sec.  2, Article 11 ng 1987 Constitution ang paulit-ulit na paggamit ng administrasyon ng pondo ng DAP.

Ilan sa complainant ay ang Bagong Alyansang  Makabayan o BAYAN, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, Courage, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Migrante, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Whistle Blowers Association at iba’t iba pang people’s organization.

Inindorso naman nina Bayan Muna party-list representatives Neri Colmenares, Carlos Zatare at Anak Pawis Rep. Fernando Hicap ang impeachment complaint.

Ayon sa kanila, malinaw na inabuso ng pangulo ang kanyang kapangyarihan at binay-pass ang kongreso sa paggamit ng savings ng ibang departamento at inilaan sa umanoy mga  proyekto ng administrasyon.

“Binalwala ng Presidente Aquino ang batas ng kongreso kaya marami siguro na congressman ang titindigan ang kongreso at ang batas na pinasa nila at susuporta dito”, ani Colmenares.

Ang impeachment na ito ang tanging maituturing na valid complaint kumpara sa unang dalwang reklamong inihain nina Augusto Syjuco Jr. at Atty. Oliver Lozano na walang endorsement.

“Nasa rules natin bago tanggapin ng secetery general dapat ung complaint ay kasamang resolution of endorsement ng member ng HOR. Yung pinadala dito ni Cong. Syjuco, walang resolution of endorsement but we cannot accept something like that”, pahayag ni House of Representatives Secretary General Atty. Marilyn Baura-Yap.

Pagkatapos ng SONA, inaasahang ire-refer na ito sa House Committee on Justice gaya ng mga naunang impeachment complaint. Dito pag-aaralan kung ito ay sufficient in form, substance saka ipatatawag ng komite si Pangulong Aquino bilang respondent.

Pagkatapos nito, muling magbobotohan ang komite kung ito ay sufficient in grounds at kung may probable cause bago dalhin sa plenaryo.

Nangangailangan naman ito ng 1/3 o mahigit 90 boto ng mga kongresista at saka ito dadalhin sa senado na siyang magsisilbing impeachment court.

Ang mga senator judge naman ang magdedsisyon kung may sapat na ebidensya o basehan upang tanggaling sa pwesto ang  pangulo.

Tiniyak naman ni House Committee on Justice Chair Niel Tupas Jr. na ito ay dadaan sa tamang proseso base sa rules ng kongreso.

“I assure the public that this impeachment complaint will be given at most priority by the committee on justice.”

Ipinauubaya naman ng Malakañang sa kongreso na pag-aralan kung may basehan ang impeachment complaint laban sa presidente.

“We will defer on how to committee of justice to the house members if we make any statement as to conclusion then there will be implications to that so will rather let the house assess and using their own rules to assess the allegations of the complaint”, saad ni Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

Bukas at sa susunod na araw, dalawa pang magkahiwalay na impeachment complaint ang ihahain sa kamara mula sa grupo ng mga kabataan at guro. Muli itong i-eendorso ng dalawang kongresista mula sa Makabayan block. (Grace Casin, UNTV News)

Supreme Court moves Bar exams to February

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday announced that the Bar examinations have been rescheduled to February 4 (Friday) and February 6 (Sunday).

The SC said this is in consideration for those who may not be able to push through with the exams due to the current COVID-19 situation.

The Bar exams were originally scheduled for January 23 to 25, 2022.

In a Bar bulletin, the SC said a total of 8,546 Bar examinees have reported that some of them have tested positive for COVID-19, living with COVID patients, or under quarantine due to direct contact.

The high court also said that 16 of the 31 teams that will be deployed will be “critically understaffed” if the current schedule were maintained.

“Considering these numbers, as well as the projections of the Court’s expert consultants on the progress of this current COVID-19 surge, the Supreme Court En Banc has unanimously decided that the Bar examinations be rescheduled to February 4, 2022, Friday; and February 6, 2022, Sunday,” the SC said.

Bar exams chairperson, SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, has urged Bar examinees to strictly undergo quarantine by January 20.

Bar takers who have concerns that are not within the competence of the SC’s help desks are advised to contact the SC via BarChairLeonen@gmail.com.

“Be patient. Take a few days off to regain your composure and then continue with your preparations. Soon, those who have the determination, tenacity, and resilience to overcome these challenges will become great lawyers who will serve our people well,” he said.

Leonen also expressed gratitude to local government units as well as schools that will host the command center and serve as local testing centers.

Work suspension in Supreme Court offices extended until January 8

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) has announced that work in its offices will remain suspended until January 8, amid rising cases of COVID-9 among its personnel.

In Memorandum Order 3-2022 released on Wednesday, the SC said this is to pave the way for massive antigen testing of its personnel and allow further contact tracing on other employees who had close contacts with those infected with COVID-19.

Citing the report from the Medical and Dental Services, the SC said that the administration of antigen testing on all court personnel, as well as employees of service providers, has not yet been completed and that there is a high positivity rate among those already tested.

Personnel of the Office of the Bar Chair and Office of the Bar Confidant who are involved in the 2020/2021 bar examinations, Office of the Administrative Services-SC, MDS, and Receiving Section of the Judicial Records Office who are involved in e-filing, are still required to report on-site, the court said.

The court said it will deploy buses to ferry said personnel.

In a separate memorandum, the SC Office of the Court Administrator also announced a two-day work suspension from January 6 to January 7 in all the first and second level courts in the National Capital Region due to the increasing number of judges and court personnel contracting the virus.

The work suspension will allow the further disinfection of court premises and conduct of contact tracing and testing among the court personnel.

Due to the work suspension, the period of filing of all pleadings and other court submissions that would fall on the said days will also be extended.

Supreme Court reduces coverage, duration of Bar exams

Robie de Guzman   •   January 4, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday announced it has reduced the coverage and the duration of the Bar Examination in view of the Omicron COVID-19 variant and effects of the Typhoon Odette.

In a statement, the SC said that, upon the recommendation of the Bar Chairperson, has resolved to reduce the coverage and shorten the duration of the 2020/21 Bar Examinations pro hac vice.

“The Court noted that the bar examinees for this coming bar has reviewed for longer than all the other batches taking the bar exams under very difficult conditions,” it said.

Per the Court En Banc’s January 4, 2022 Resolution, the examinations with the revised coverage will be held on January 23, 2022, Sunday; and on January 25, 2022, Tuesday, the high court said.

The Bar exams was supposed to be held for four Sundays starting January 16.

The SC said examinees will take four sets of examinations, encompassing the usual eight subjects: (1) The Law Pertaining to the State and Its Relationship with Its Citizens (formerly Political Law, Labor Law, and Taxation Law); (2) Criminal Law; (3) The Law Pertaining to Private Personal and Commercial Relations (formerly Civil Law and Commercial Law); and (4) Procedure and Professional Ethics (formerly Remedial Law, Legal Ethics, and Practical Exercises).

“The Bar Chairperson will release Bar Bulletin No. 31, s. 2022 which provides the revised coverage for each examination,” the SC said.

“All examinees are strongly advised to self-quarantine starting January 9, 2022, or at least two weeks before the Bar Examinations,” it added.

The Supreme Court said these changes pro hac vice seek to meet the demand for new lawyers amid the disasters plaguing the country.

It also noted that the Philippines has produced no new lawyers since the pandemic started in March 2020.

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