Dean Valdez at Acting CJ Carpio, Sumalang na sa Public Interview; Valdez at JBC Chairman, Nagkasagutan

admin   •   July 26, 2012   •   3421

(L-R) UE Law Dean Amado Valdez and SC Acting CJ Antonio Carpio (Image grabbed for PTV video)

 MANILA, Philippines – Sa ikatlong araw ng public interview sa mga nominado sa pagka-chief justice, unang sumalang sa pagtatanong ng Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) si University of the East College of Law Dean Amado Valdez.

Sa kalagitnaan ng public interview, nagkasagutan sina JBC Acting Chairman Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta at Dean Amado Valdez sa isyu ng pagngongolekta ng court fees na ayon kay Valdez ay unconstitutional.

Katwiran ni Valdez, nalilimitahan ng mataas na bayarin ang access ng mga mahihirap sa korte upang makapaghain ng kanilang mga usapin.

“High court fees affect access to justice, which should be given more premium. That is the essence of our democratic system.”

Nagpaliwanag naman si Peralta, kung saan nga ba napupunta ang nakokolektang court fees.

“Hindi mo po ba alam Dean, na yung fees na yan under Rule 41 ay yan yung nagpopondo dun sa Judiciary Development Fund (JDF), ang JDF ay provided po ng batas yan, so kung walang fees yan, eh anong pang-pa-fund naming sa JDF. Pangalawa, part of the fees that we collect, pupunta din dun sa 9227, yung RA 9227 yung tinatawag na SAJ. Ngayon yung tinatawag na Judiciary Development Fund, for your information, part of that goes to the employees,” paliwanag ni Peralta.

Sagot naman naman ni Valdez, nais lamang umano niya na i-review ang court fees para mas maging accessible sa publiko.

Isa pa sa mga nais na maging reporma ni Valdez ay ang pagkakaroon ng integrity council sa mga judicial region.

“We have to equip judges, inspire them, show leadership by example, and underscore meaning of accountability,” dagdag pa ni Valdez.

Samantala, ayon naman kay acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio sa kanyang pagsalang sa JBC public interview, ang pangunahing problema ng hudikatura ng bansa ay ang clogged dockets o ang tambak na mga kasong hindi agad nadedesisyunan.

Bilang solusyon, nais ni Carpio na palakasin pa ang mediation o pagkakasundo sa dalawang panig upang maresolba nang mas maaga ang mga kaso.

“The number one problem is the clogged dockets. We have instituted mediation and judicial dispute resolution. In pre-trial, we can still increase the resolution of cases. With more training of mediators and judges, we can be more efficient. “

Kabilang rin sa mga isyung inusisa kay Carpio ay ang umano’y pagla-lobby niya sa mga kaso na mariin naman niyang itinanggi. Mariin ring itinanggi ng acting Chief Justice na may sabwatan umanong nangyari para mapatalsik sa puwesto si dating CJ Renato Corona.

“I was accused as one of those who schemed with President Aquino and Secretary Roxas, but I never talked to those people. In fact they are saying I will never be appointed because I am not close to the President.”

At bagama’t irerespeto kung sino man ang mapipili ni Pangulong Aquino na susunod na punong mahistrado, naniniwala si Carpio na hindi kinakailangan ng isang outsider upang makapagsagawa ng reporma sa Korte Suprema at sa buong hudikatura. (Ito ang Balita ni Roderick Mendoza/Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Supreme Court resets oral arguments on Anti-Terror Law to Feb. 2

Robie de Guzman   •   January 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The oral arguments on the controversial anti-terrorism law have been moved to February 2, the Supreme Court announced Friday.

This is after staffers of Solicitor General Jose Calida tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Considering the meritorious request of Solicitor General Jose Calida that his Assistant Solicitor General and some staff who will attend the oral arguments have been tested positive for COVID-19, you are hereby informed, per instruction of the Honorable Supreme Court, that the oral arguments is reset to February 2, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.,” the Clerk of Court said in a statement.

“No further postponement will be allowed,” it added.

The high court originally scheduled the oral arguments on January 19.

JBC opens application for Chief Justice after SC OKs Peralta’s early retirement

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the applications for chief justice following the Supreme Court en banc’s approval of the early retirement of Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta.

In an announcement, the JBC said the applicants may submit their applications and other documentary requirements on February 15.

Applicants must visit the JBC website and access the online application scheduler from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight not later than the said date, it added.

The JBC said Peralta’s optional retirement was approved by the magistrates on January 5 during their first en banc session this year. He will step down from office when he turns 69 on March 27, one year ahead of the mandatory retirement age for judges and justices.

The SC in December confirmed that Peralta opted for early retirement but did not disclose the reason.

Peralta was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as SC chief justice in 2019.

When he retires, the five most senior magistrates in the high court will be automatically nominated for the post, subject to their confirmation. They are Justices Estela Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Alexander Gesmundo, and Ramon Hernando.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Peralta to retire early

Robie de Guzman   •   December 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta will retire a year early than his compulsory retirement, a high court official said Tuesday.

Supreme Court spokesperson Atty. Keith Hosaka said Peralta confirmed to him his intention to avail of early retirement but “did not elaborate further” on the reason.

“I have asked him personally and he confirmed it. The Chief Justice did not elaborate further but said that he will make a formal announcement in due time,” Hosaka said in a message to reporters.

Peralta will step down from office in March 2021 when he reaches the age of 69. The mandatory retirement age for justices and judges is 70.

Peralta was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte in October 2019.

When he retires, the Supreme Court’s most senior justices will be automatically nominated for the position subject to their confirmation. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

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