Korte Suprema, Nagpatawag ng Oral Argument sa Isyu ng JBC Composition

admin   •   July 31, 2012   •   3705

Supreme Court Acting Spokesperson Atty. Gleoresty Gleo Guerra (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Isang oral argument ang ipinatatawag ng Korte Suprema upang resolbahin ang isyu ng Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) Composition.

Nagpasya ang korte na magtakda ng oral argument upang pagusapan kung nararapat payagan ang Senado at Kamara na magkaroon ng tig-isang kinatawan sa JBC.

“The court resolved to set this case for oral arguments on August 2, Thursday at 9am. Particularly on the issue of whether the Congress is entitled to one or two representatives in the JBC,” pahayag ni Supreme Court Acting Spokesperson Atty. Gleo Guerra.

Naniniwala ang mga mahistrado ng kataas-taasang hukuman na mahalagang matalakay nang husto ang isyu dahil sangkot dito ang tatlong sangay ng pamahalaan. Dahil dito, muling ipinagpaliban ng JBC ang kanilang deliberasyon sa Agosto 6, araw ng Lunes.

Sa darating na Huwebes naman itinakda ang nasabing Oral Argument, Agosto 2, alas-nueve ng umaga.

Si Senador Joker Arroyo naman ang itinalagang kinatawan ng Senado sa nasabing oral argument.

Samantala, hindi makikialam ang Malacañang sa pagdedesisyon ng Korte Suprema sa komposisyon ng JBC na siyang nagsasagawa ng proseso sa isusumiteng shortlist para sa susunod na punong mahistrado.

Matatandaang una nang naghayag ng posisyon si Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile na nararapat magkaroon ng tig-isang kinatawan ang Senado at Kongreso sa JBC.

Ayon kay Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, ipinauubaya na lamang ng Malacañang sa Supreme Court ang desisyon upang maresolba ang naturang isyu.

Sa kabila nito, umaasa ang malakanyang na maisusumite ng JBC ang shortlist para sa susunod na chief justice bago dumating ang August 27 deadline.

Samantala, hindi rin makikialam ang Malacañang kaugnay sa hindi pagsang-ayon ng Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) na ipawalang-bisa ang disbarment case laban kay Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.

“If the JBC decides to grant request of Secretary De Lima regarding the rules of JBC on disbarment, remember there are legal issues na meron silang ayusin ditto,” pahayag ni Valte. (Ito ang Balita ni Bernard Dadis, Nel Maribojoc, Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Application for SC, Court of Appeals posts now open – JBC

Robie de Guzman   •   May 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has announced the opening of applications or recommendations for positions at the Supreme Court (SC) and the Court of Appeals (CA).

In an announcement posted on SC Public Information Office’s Twitter account, the JBC said applicants who will be selected in the process will occupy the position to be vacated by SC Associate Justice Jose Reyes Jr., who will retire on September 18, and former CA Presiding Justice Romeo Barza, who retired on August 2, 2019.

In its advisory, the JBC said interested applications must visit its official website, and access the online application scheduler.

After filling out the computer-generated letter of intent, they must submit it along with the documentary requirements to this JBC e-mail on the selected date and time of appointment in the online application scheduler.

The JBC emphasized that the digitized versions of the letter of intent they will submit must be “complete” and “accurate.”

“The documentary requirements should be in Portable Document Format (PDF) and e-mailed in a single file only, following the order of documents as enumerated in the Announcement posted on the JBC website,” it said.

“The date of actual receipt of the complete documentary requirements (sent through e-mail) shall be deemed as the date of filing,” it added.

The JBC further said that applicants are also required to submit two complete sets of the documentary requirements through courier service not later than 4:30 p.m. of July 7, 2020 to its office along Padre Faura Street in Manila.

It warned that applicants who will fail to comply with the requirements of online and physical submission of the documentary requirements will not be considered for nomination.

The JBC likewise announced it has set on May 28 at 10 a.m. an online public interview of candidates for the SC Associate Justice position vacated by former Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr., who compulsorily retired on May 11, 2020.

The candidates are as follows:

  • Ramon Bato Jr.
  • Priscilla Baltazar-Padilla
  • Edwin Sorongon
  • Nina Antonio-Valenzuela

The JBC said that the following are also candidates for the said judicial position, but whose previous interviews are still valid:

  • Manuel Barrios
  • Amparo Cabotaje-Tang
  • Ramon Cruz
  • Japar Dimaampao
  • Jhosep Lopez
  • Jose Midas Marquez
  • Eduardo Peralta Jr.
  • Pablito Perez
  • Rizardo Rosario

The JBC is a constitutional office that accepts, screens, and nominates appointments to the judiciary.

It will then submit a list of nominees to President Rodrigo Duterte for selection, and whoever is appointed will complete the membership in the SC composed of 15 justices.

Palace contradicts DOH; clarifies PH still in first wave

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 21, 2020

Malacañang on Thursday (May 21) clarified that the Philippines is still experiencing the first wave of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), contrary to the statement of Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III.

The Palace apologized for the confusion and worry brought by Duque’s statement and said there were varying interpretations of the data.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque insisted that the country is still in the first wave of the COVID-19 infection.

“Nagpapatuloy po ang first wave. Katunayan, nagpatuloy ito sa buwan ng Pebrero na may kaunti kasi na na-report at lumobo sa buwan ng March. Patuloy pong lumobo iyan hanggang sa buwan ng Mayo, kung saan nakikita natin ngayon na bumababa na (The first wave continues. In fact, it continued from February, with few reports, and ballooned in March. It continues to increase until May, where we can see there is a decline),” he said.

Roque also said Duque did not go through the protocol to inform President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the interpretation of the second wave.

READ: Duque: Philippines now on second wave of COVID-19 cases

However, the Palace official said the varying of opinions is not of importance and the government, including the public, should focus on how to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

“Ang importante maiwasan po ang pagbalik ng malawakang numero ng magkakasakit sa COVID-19. Nagkakaisa po ang gobyerno na gagawin ang lahat ng hakbang upang maiwasan ang second wave (What’s important is, we prevent another increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. The government is united in doing everything to prevent a second wave),” Roque said. –AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

SC directs NTC, Congress to answer ABS-CBN vs closure order

Robie de Guzman   •   May 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and Congress to comment on the petition filed by the ABS-CBN Corporation, challenging the cease and desist order that forced the network to go off the air earlier this May.

In a statement, the SC Public Information Office (PIO) said the magistrates gave the NTC 10 days from receipt of the notice to respond to the petition.

The NTC was named as the only respondent to ABS-CBN’s petition but the SC said it separately impleaded the Senate and the House of Representatives as parties to the case and required them to comment on the petition, stated the press briefer posted by the SC on its Twitter account.

The High Court also gave the NTC five days to reply to the comments to be filed by the Senate and the House.

The SC PIO said these actions were unanimously approved by the 14 SC Justices during an En Banc session on Tuesday.

The SC did not issue a temporary restraining order, as requested by the ABS-CBN in its petition, against the implementation of NTC’s closure order which it claims was issued without notice and hearing.

The NTC issued a shutdown order against ABS-CBN after its franchise expired on May 4.

In its petition, the media company argued that the NTC acted with grave abuse of discretion and violated its rights to equal protection and due process by issuing the order.

The company claimed that the NTC should have deferred to Congress that have earlier sent a formal letter asking the agency to allow ABS-CBN to continue operating while bills seeking for its franchise renewal remain pending in the House of Representatives.

It also asked the SC to nullify and set aside the cease and desist order which directed the network to stop the broadcast operations of its television and radio stations on May 5.

The SC PIO also confirmed that the High Court denied the motion of lawyer Lorenzo Gadon to consolidate his petition – which sought for the NTC to be prevented from issuing a provisional authority to ABS-CBN – with the plea of the network.

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