Status Quo Ante Order sa RH Law, pinalawig pa ng Korte Suprema

admin   •   July 16, 2013   •   3633

Supreme Court Spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te (UNTV News)

Supreme Court Spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Pinalawig pa ng Korte Suprema ang Status Quo Ante Order (SQAO) na pumipigil sa pagpapatupad ng Reproductive Health (RH) Law.

Ayon kay Supreme Court (SC) Spokesman Atty. Theodore Te, walang taning ang ibinigay na extension sa SQA order at mananatili ito hangga’t hindi binabawi ng korte.

“The court, with an 8-7 vote, voted to extend the SQAO effective immediately until further orders from the court.”

Sa orihinal na SQA order na inilabas ng korte nitong Marso 19, sampung mahistrado ang pumabor dito, habang tumutol naman sina Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno at Associate Justices Antonio Carpio, Mariano Del Castillo, Estela Perlas Bernabe at Marvic Leonen.

Matapos ang unang bahagi ng oral arguments nitong Hulyo 9, dalawang mahistrado ang nadagdag sa mga tumutol na pigilin ang pagpapatupad sa kontrobersyal na batas.

Hindi naman inilabas ng korte kung sino-sino ang pumabor at tumutol na palawigin ang SQAO.

“I am not informed of who voted for which position. The vote, I am told, is 8-7, I have not been told who voted for which position,” ani Te.

Sa kasalukuyan ay may 14 na mga petisyon laban sa RH Law ang nakabinbin ngayon sa Korte Suprema na humihiling na maideklarang labag sa saligang-batas ang RH Law at tuluyang ipagbawal ang pagpapatupad nito.

Samantala, sinabi naman ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, nirerespeto ng Malakanyang ang naturang desisyon ng kataas-taasang hukuman.

“The extension is unfortunate; however the extension will be respected by government.”

Sa susunod na Martes, Hulyo 23 nakatakdang ituloy ng Korte Suprema ang debate sa RH Law. (Roderic Mendoza / Ruth Navales, UNTV 

1Sambayan nominates VP Robredo as presidential bet for 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   September 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Political coalition 1Sambayan has endorsed Vice President Leni Robredo as its possible presidential candidate for the 2022 national elections.

1Sambayan lead convenor, retired Associate Justice Antonio Carpio made the announcement in an online press briefing on Thursday.

Carpio said members of the opposition coalition agreed to put forward Robredo as their candidate for presidency following a survey among its members.

He also encouraged supporters to rally behind their presumptive bet in a bid to counter administration-backed candidates.

Robredo has yet to announce her plans for the incoming elections and Carpio hopes that she will accept the challenge.

“We therefore ask VP Leni to accept our endorsement to lead the Filipino people in this difficult time in our history,” Carpio said.

Robredo earlier pushed for opposition groups to have a “unity candidate” and that the opposition must serve the best interest of the country in fielding bets for the coming polls.

The period for the filing of candidacy will be from October 1 to 8.

SC moves bar exams to January, February 2022

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday (September 28) announced that it will reschedule the bar examinations.

Bar Chairman Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, in a bulletin said that the SC will be resetting the bar examinations to January 16, 23, 30, and February 6, 2022. The previous schedule was set for November 2021.

The SC said that the rescheduling was due to the country’s pandemic situation and advice of various experts.

Activities, including selection of the applicants and downloading the secure exam delivery program, will continue however, application period will not reopen.

“Treat this as an opportunity. Keep your momentum. Remember that you study not only to pass the Bar, but also so that you will best serve others,” Leonen said. AAC

NCR courts ordered physically closed until September 30

Marje Pelayo   •   September 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered all courts in the National Capital Region (NCR) closed due to the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases in the region.

In a circular issued and signed by Court Administrator Midas Marquez, the temporary closure of all NCR courts is also in consideration of the pilot-testing of granular lockdowns after placing all cities in the region, except Manila, under Alert Level 4.

“All courts in NCR, except the Supreme Court, shall remain physically closed to court users until 30 September 2021 notwithstanding the NCR will be under general community quarantine beginning 8 September 2021,” the circular read.

However, the courts in the NCR will continue operating online, the circular said.

This means hearings on pending cases and all other matters may be addressed through videoconferencing so as not to delay the trial of cases and court processes.

Meanwhile, Marquez said the time of filing and service of pleadings and motions during the period of physical closure remains suspended and shall only resume after seven days counted from the first day of reopening of the relevant court.

For inquiries and other matters, all NCR courts may be reached through their respective hotlines and email addresses posted on SC’s official website.

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