Marcos can still appeal PET decision on poll protest vs Robredo — CJ Peralta

Robie de Guzman   •   February 19, 2021   •   434

MANILA, Philippines Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. can still file a motion for reconsideration on the decision of the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), on his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said.

Peralta said Marcos may still appeal the decision as part of his legal remedies.

The camp of Marcos earlier said it has yet to decide on whether to file a motion pending the release of the copy of the ruling.

Peralta said the copy of the decision has yet to become available for the public as they are still awaiting other magistrates to submit their written opinions on the matter.

“We are still waiting for the others who might explain their votes because if it is in the result the effect is that those who voted in the result should have explain their votes that’s the rule,” the chief justice told reporters.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously junked the election protest filed by Marcos against Robredo over the results of the 2016 vice presidential race.

The SC said seven of the 15 justices present during the meeting “fully concurred” in the dismissal while the rest “concurred” in the result.

Peralta has refused to elaborate on the reasons for the dismissal citing confidentiality of court deliberations.

“That I cannot divulge, the deliberation is confidential. What can I only say is that as usual there was deliberation, there were debates, there were several opinions raised but eventually as what the chief justice usually does is to call for a vote and that what happened,” he said.

When asked about the possible effect on the protest should Marcos push through with his plan to run for public office in the 2022 elections, Peralta replied with: “That’s another question. That’s not tackled in our deliberation.”

“If he wants to run then that’s his choice. As to whether or not that will abandon his protest, that’s another thing,” he added. RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Trillanes aims for 2022 presidential bid if Robredo won’t run

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said that he intends to run for president in the 2022 national elections.

In his Twitter post, Trillanes said he is ready to become the principal candidate for president under 1SAMBAYAN Coalition.

This was after he reported that Vice President Leni Robredo might be preparing to run for Governor of Camarines Sur in 2022.

He clarified, though, that he is not dividing the opposition and is willing to give way to Robredo in case she decides to run for the presidency.

“I never said that VP Leni already decided to run for Governor. In fact, it is very clear in my statement that I would give way to her in case she finally decides to run for President,” he said.

Both Atty. Barry Gutierrez and Liberal Party Stalwart Cong. Teddy Baguilat said that the Vice President still has no decision regarding the 2022 national elections.

Meanwhile, in reaction to Trillanes’ statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said it is Trillanes’ right as a Filipino to aim in becoming president. However, Roque said Robredo might still have a plan in running.

“Libre pong mangarap, hayaan po nating mangarap si dating Senador Trillanes, karapatan po niya iyan bilang isang Pilipino. Pangalawa, mukhang hindi naman po siya makakatakbo dahil nilinaw ni Vice President Leni na tatakbo pa rin siya, at least nandiyan pa rin ang plano,” he said.

(It is free to dream, let former Senator Trillanes dream. It is his right as a Filipino. Secondly, it looks like Vice President Leni would still run, or at least, there is still a plan.) -AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

SC modifies interpretation of ‘psychological incapacity’ as ground for nullity of marriage

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court (SC) has modified its interpretation of ‘psychological incapacity’ as a ground to nullify marriage.

“The Court in the case of Tan-Andal v. Andal, G.R. No. 196359, unanimously modified the interpretation of the requirements of psychological incapacity as a ground for declaration of nullity of marriage found in Article 36 of the Family Code,” the SC said in a statement released on Wednesday (May 12).

Under the the new Leonen ruling, it said that “psychological incapacity is not a medical but a legal concept.” Due to this, testimony of psychologist or psychiatrist is not mandatory in all cases to prove psychological incapacity.

“[Psychological incapacity] is a personal condition that prevents a spouse to comply with fundamental marital obligations only in relation to a specific partner that may exist at the time of the marriage but may have revealed through behavior subsequent to the ceremonies,” the new ruling stated. AAC

 

 

 

Judges, court personnel hospitalized due to COVID-19 to get financial aid — Supreme Court

Robie de Guzman   •   April 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Judges and court personnel who contracted novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be provided with financial assistance from the Supreme Court, the Office of the Court Administrator said Wednesday.

In a circular issued by Court Administrator Midas Marquez, the cash assistance will range from P15,000 to P30,000 for those hospitalized depending on the severity of their illness.

Families of those who succumbed to death, whether hospitalized or not, will receive P50,000.

The financial assistance was approved by Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo with the concurrence of the members of the Court en banc.

“Considering that there are judges and court personnel of the first and second level courts who contracted COVID-19 while in the performance of their functions there is a need to help them defray the hospitalization expenses incurred in treating COVID-19 infection,” the circular read.

Potential recipients of the assistance are required to submit a copy of the positive result of the RT-PCR test from March 2020 onwards, a medical certificate stating the clinical findings of the illness caused by COVID-19, a death certificate indicating that the patient died of COVID-19 or its complications, disbursement voucher, and obligation request.

The SC Public Information Office said that some 1,113 judiciary personnel tested positive for COVID-19 with 20 fatalities.

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