Emergency powers seen to restrict issuance of TRO’s vs. anti-traffic projs
admin • November 8, 2016 • 2810
Among the proposed priorities for discussion at the resumption of session in the Lower House is the granting of emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to resolve the traffic crisis in the country, particularly in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.
The House Committee on Transportation cited that part of the special powers is limiting the power of the lower courts in issuing a TRO for projects that will be involved in managing the traffic.
“The Judiciary can support in two instances. Number 1: the prohibition against the issuance of TRO’s and preliminary injunctions by lower courts, except the Supreme Court, on priority projects, programs and policies to implement, to address the traffic crisis,” said Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, chairman of House Committee on Transportation.
Nevertheless, the committee chairman assured transparency and accountability once the special powers of the administration is approved.
It includes the full disclosure of the traffic management plan, list of priority projects, funding source, minutes of meetings during procurement or negotiations, and backgrounds of the personalities involved.
Next week, it is expected that the said proposal will pass the committee level and may be discussed at the plenary first week of December. — Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday said that President Rodrigo Duterte will not interfere with the row between Duterte Youth Party-list nominee Ronald Cardema and Commission on Elections (Comelec) Rowena Guanzon.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Cardema and Guanzon’s feud is between the two of them.
He added that the president will not meddle in the issue as he respects the independence of Comelec and other constitutional bodies.
“The case between Mr. Cardema and Commissioner Guanzon, I think it’s between the two of them,” he said.
“Moreover, the President respects the independence of any constitutional body. The President has not and will not interfere on any function of the Commission as well as other constitutional bodies,” he added.
Guanzon has been vocal about her opposition to Cardema’s nomination as the Duterte Youth Party-list representative and accused the latter as the one behind the threats against her.
Cardema, in turn, accused Guanzon of extortion, which she denied.
The Commissioner also dared the former to file an impeachment case against her.
The feud between the two follows the decision of the poll body’s first division to cancel Cardema’s nomination as representative of the Duterte Youth party because the law states that youth representatives must be from 25 to 30 years old.
Instead of having word war, Panelo advised Cardema to file an appropriate complaint against Guanzon to settle the issue. (with details from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte raised the cash reward to P6-M for the capture of the leader of the criminals who killed four policemen in Negros Oriental.
The government alleged the leftist New People’s Army (NPA) as the group behind the ambush.
The President said he is willing to shed that amount to anyone, may it be government worker or civilian, who could lead to the capture of the killers.
“Kaya itong NPA, galit ako dito. Kaya gusto kong malaman kung sila na ba (I am mad at these NPAs. I want to know if they really did it),” president Duterte said at the oath-taking ceremony for newly promoted PNP generals at Malacañang Thursday night (August 8).
“Kay kung hindi pa sila, dadagdagan ko pa ng isang milyon (If it’s not them, I’m willing to add one million [pesos)]more). So at this time, it is P6 million. Irrespective police or civilian, kung sinong makatiklo niyan, (to whoever who could capture them)” he added.
President Duterte expressed outrage over the killing and alleged torture of four police officers which local police attributed to the members of the NPA.
Meanwhile, the President said he is ready to provide the PNP with enough intelligence fund to intensify its operations against the proliferation of cocaine.
“Bakit marami ngayon ang cocaine? (What’s behind proliferation of cocaine?) Give me the answer,” he said.
“I’ll give you enough money for intelligence work. Spend it so that you can solve the problem. Magbibigay ako ng (I’ll add to your) intelligence fund. Just enough,” the President concluded. – with reports from Roselie Coz
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