SC orders half-day work in all PH courts on April 17
Robie de Guzman • April 15, 2019 • 2293
MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court (SC) and all courts nationwide will only have a half-day work on Wednesday (April 17), Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin ordered on Monday.
Under the approved SC calendar, the half-day work would give court officials and employees enough time to travel to the provinces to observe the Lenten season.
But for courts inside local government buildings, Bersamin said that a whole day work suspension will only be observed should it be declared by the local government.
“Courts located inside local government-owned or controlled buildings shall observe a whole day work suspension on April 17 should the same be declared by their local government, otherwise the said courts shall observe a half-day work schedule per SC calendar,” he said. – Robie de Guzman
MANILA, Philippines – Minority Senators Leila de Lima, Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, and Kiko Pangilinan expressed strong opposition to the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) on the electoral protest filed by former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.
In a statement, members of the Senate minority stressed that the case should be dismissed citing the progress of the recount which they said obviously revealed the victory of Robredo against Marcos in the 2016 Vice Presidential election.
“Isinagawa ang recount. Ang resulta: Lalo pang lumaki ang lamang ni VP Leni sa mga lugar na sinasabi ni Ginoong Marcos na dinaya siya, imbes na makitang bumaliktad ang resulta at mapatunayan ang kanyang paratang, lalo pang lumitaw ang katotohanan: Panalo si VP Leni,” the senators argued.
The opposition senators accused the SC, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), of breaking its own rules for not acting appropriately on the matter.
“Ang dapat mangyari ngayon: I-dismiss na ang kaso. Tantanan na ang kasinungalingan. Tanggapin na ang katotohanang si Leni Robredo ang Pangalawang Pangulo ng bansa,” the statement said.
“Ngunit ang mangyayari ngayon, sa desisyon ng Korte Suprema: Pinapakomento ang dalawang panig sa isa pang petisyon ni Ginoong Marcos.” It added.
The minority senators sided with Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio whose dissenting opinion stated that it was Robredo who received the most number of votes in the three areas personally picked by Marcos — Negros Oriental, Iloilo, and Camarines Sur — where he claimed his votes were rigged.
On Tuesday (October 15), the SC ruled to release the result of the recount in three provinces concerned in Marcos’ poll protest.
The SC asked Robredo and Marcos to submit their comments on the results which they need to submit “within a period of 20 days from receipt of the notice” as announced by SC Spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka in a press briefing on Tuesday.
MANILA, Philippines – Supporters of former senator Bongbong Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday (October 15) once again staged a show of force in front of the Supreme Court (SC).
Both camps were expecting that the SC, which acts as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), will release its decision on the preliminary recount report by Justice Benjamin Caguioa from the three provinces of Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Camarines Sur, in relation to the protest that Marcos filed against Robredo on the alleged massive cheating and anomaly in the 2016 vice-presidential elections.
However, the SC en banc session instead discussed about releasing the result of the pilot recount in the three pilot provinces.
With 11 – 2 votes, the tribunal has allowed the release of the report on the revision and recount in the said provinces.
“The tribunal has decided to release to the parties the report on the revision and appreciation of ballots in the three provinces, and for them to comment thereon,” said SC spokesperson, Atty Brian Keith Hosaka.
Both Justices Antonio Carpio and Caguioa dissented the said resolution.
The PET also directed the two camps to submit their position, comments or disagreement over any issues presented in the preliminary report on the recount.
“The tribunal likewise required the parties to submit memoranda on the various issues relating to the jurisdiction and other matters relating to the jurisdiction and other matters relating to the third cause of action, which is the annulment of election results for Vice President in the provinces of Lanao Del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao, within a period of 20 days from receipt of the notice,” Hosaka said.
This has been the fourth time that the voting on the Caguioa report on the result of the initial recount has been suspended.
The voting will determine whether the High Court will continue to hear or dismiss Marcos’ protest. (from the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf
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