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

admin   •   July 31, 2012   •   3554

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)

PH as world’s biggest rice importer concerns Malacañang

Marje Pelayo   •   November 12, 2019

Filipino port workers unload sacks of rice, which are imported from Vietnam to be distributed by the National Food Authority (NFA), inside a ship docked at Surigao port, Mindanao, southern Philippines. EPA-EFE/ALLANAH TORRALBA (FILE)

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang does not deny being concerned about recent reports that the Philippines is currently the world’s top rice importer.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, such report may be true but the government is making sure that the Department of Agriculture (DA) is on top of the situation.

“Ginagawa naman ni Secretary Dar ang kaniyang mga pamamaraan (Secretary Dar is finding ways) to solve whatever problems confronting the farmers,” Panelo said.

The report published by the United States’ Department of Agriculture-Foreign Agricultural Services (USDA-FAS) projected the Philippines rice importation to reach a record high by year-end – about 3 million metric tons – the highest in the world and the country’s highest ever recorded.

This projection is way higher than China, the biggest rice importer so far at 2.5 million metric tons by year-end.

Malacañang, meanwhile, blames the country’s lack of irrigation as the main reason for the increase in rice importation. – MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

Malacañang open to scrapping controversial Oplan Tokhang

Marje Pelayo   •   November 12, 2019

Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) keep a man on the ground during a raid in San Martin De Porres district of Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 03 March 2017.  EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has announced that it is willing to scrap the government’s controversial anti-drug Operation Tokhang or Oplan Tokhang.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday (November 11) announced that the administration was allowing Vice President Leni Robredo to do whatever she wanted to do as the co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

“As long as VP Leni is in charge, whatever she feels that should be enforced, we will do it. It is a ‘yes’ if she wants it,” Panelo said.

“She’s been given the authority. If she wants to scrap it, she’s the anti-drug czar. If she thinks there’s something more effective then she should do that,” she added.

However, former Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief now Senator Ronald dela Rosa, who launched the campaign in 2016, reacted to the Vice President’s proposal of scrapping Tokhang.

“I don’t admit that Oplan Tokhang is a failure,” he said.

He noted that if not for Oplan Tokhang, the PNP could not have arrested 130,000 drug personalities and could not have yielded 1.6 million surrenderers.

“What’s wrong with Oplan Tokhang? Baka hindi lang nila matanggap-tanggap talaga na itong Oplan na ito ay talagang sinira ang diskarte ng mga drug personalities dito (Maybe they just couldn’t accept that this Oplan ruined the schemes of drug personalities,)” Dela Rosa stressed.

Oplan Tokhang is the infamous anti-illegal drugs campaign that aims to encourage drug personalities to surrender to authorities but is also hounded by allegations of senseless killings.

President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Robredo to her new post after her series of rants against the government’s policies on eliminating illegal drugs.

Though Dela Rosa approved of Robredo joining drug raids, the former PNP Chief hit on the Vice President saying she should start working and prove herself in action first before asking for additional budget.

“Mahirap naman kakapasok mo pa lang funds na agad ang hinahanap mo. Dapat trabaho muna (It’s difficult to prioritize funds right after you take over the position. You should prove through actions first),” dela Rosa noted.

Palace: Duterte to take a 3-day break

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte will be having a three-day break beginning Tuesday (November 12), according to Malacañang.

However, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday (November 11) clarified that it will not be an official leave since the president will still be doing his paperwork. The president will fly home to Davao Monday night.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will be the officer-in-charge of the Executive branch while Duterte rests, according to Panelo

“Well upon the advice of friends, of colleagues, and the world, it seems. And most likely upon the advice of doctors also to take a respite from his punishing schedule,” he said.

Panelo clarified there are no medical concerns that prompted the three-day break.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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