Ilang senador, iba’t -iba ang reaksyon sa speech ni Pangulong Aquino noong Lunes ukol sa DAP

admin   •   July 16, 2014   •   3593

“Excuse me, iba po ang DAP sa PDAF..” — President Benigno Aquino III (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Nauunawaan ni Senador Grace Poe ang pagkadismaya ni Pangulong Aquino sa ruling ng Korte Suprema ukol sa Disbursement Acceleration Program o DAP.

Nguni’t ayon kay Poe, dapat manaig ang Korte Suprema na ang konstitusyon ay kailangang sundin.

Sinabi rin ni Senator Poe na hindi dapat masamain kung i-apela ng pangulo ang ruling ng Supreme Court dahil karapatan naman niya ito bilang pangulo ng bansa.

Ayon naman kay Senador JV Ejercito ng minority bloc, paglabag sa konstitusyon ang DAP.

Ikinalulungkot din nito na tila hinahamon ng punong ehekutibo ang Supreme Court sa desisyon nitong unconstitutional ang DAP.

Dagdag pa nito, magkaiba man ang DAP at PDAF, dapat na ipakita ni Presidente Aquino ang kanyang paggalang sa Saligang Batas.

Ayon naman kay Senador Bam Aquino, ipinaliwanag ni Pangulong Aquino kung bakit ang DAP ay hindi lamang legal kundi mahalaga na mabigyan ng benipisyo ang sambayanan.

Umaasa rin si Aquino na bibigyang konsiderasyon ng Supreme Court ang pahayag ng pangulo at patuloy na pag-aaralan ng mga mamamayan ang isyu at hindi magpadala sa mga taong gustong lituhin ang publiko.

Naniniwala naman si Senador Chiz Escudero na bagamat may pagtutol ngayon ang punong ehekutibo sa ruling ng korte, sa kalaunan kapag ito ay pinal na ay susunod na rin ang pangulo kahit na hindi siya ayon sa desisyon.

Para naman kay Senador Sonny Angara, malinaw lamang na may demokrasya sa bansa  at patunay ito ng hindi pagkakasundo ng pangulo at Supreme Court.

“Kung makikita natin sa mga nagdaang taon, talagang ganun ang relasyon ni Pangulong Noy sa Supreme Court. Kung baga masasabi nating may love team relationship at essence ng democracy natin.”

Naniniwala si Senador Angara na malawak ang kapangyarihan ng pangulo na gamitin ang savings sa budget ng pamahalaan sa ibat-ibang sanghay ng gobyerno ngunit matapos na maglabas ng desisyon ang Korte Suprema sa DAP, malinaw na  may limitasyon ang nasabing kapangyarihan ng president.

Ayon naman kay dating Senador Joker Arroyo, kinukwestyon ng presidente ang kapasidad ng mga mahistrado ng Supreme Court. Kung hindi naniniwala ang presidente sa Korte Suprema ay sino pa ang maniniwala rito.

Sinabi naman ni Senador Cynthia Villar, naiintindihan niya ang paliwanag ng pangulo na gamitin ang DAP para pasiglahin ang economic activity sa bansa dahil malaki ang maitutulong ng government spending sa pag-unlad ng ekonomiya.

Ipinahayag naman ni Senador Nancy Binay, trabaho lang ang ginawa ng Supreme Court at walang presonalan. Umaasa itong hindi mauuwi sa awayan ng ehekutibo at hudikatura ang ginawang pahayag ng pangulo nung Lunes. (Bryan De Paz, 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.

REACH US

The Philippine Broadcast Hub

UNTV, 915 Barangay Philam,

EDSA, Quezon City M.M. 1104

(+632) 8396-8688 (Tel)

info@untv-newsandrescue.com (General inquiries)

ABOUT UNTV

UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.