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

admin   •   July 16, 2013   •   3407

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 

Supreme Court resets oral arguments on Anti-Terror Law to Feb. 2

Robie de Guzman   •   January 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The oral arguments on the controversial anti-terrorism law have been moved to February 2, the Supreme Court announced Friday.

This is after staffers of Solicitor General Jose Calida tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Considering the meritorious request of Solicitor General Jose Calida that his Assistant Solicitor General and some staff who will attend the oral arguments have been tested positive for COVID-19, you are hereby informed, per instruction of the Honorable Supreme Court, that the oral arguments is reset to February 2, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.,” the Clerk of Court said in a statement.

“No further postponement will be allowed,” it added.

The high court originally scheduled the oral arguments on January 19.

JBC opens application for Chief Justice after SC OKs Peralta’s early retirement

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the applications for chief justice following the Supreme Court en banc’s approval of the early retirement of Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta.

In an announcement, the JBC said the applicants may submit their applications and other documentary requirements on February 15.

Applicants must visit the JBC website and access the online application scheduler from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight not later than the said date, it added.

The JBC said Peralta’s optional retirement was approved by the magistrates on January 5 during their first en banc session this year. He will step down from office when he turns 69 on March 27, one year ahead of the mandatory retirement age for judges and justices.

The SC in December confirmed that Peralta opted for early retirement but did not disclose the reason.

Peralta was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as SC chief justice in 2019.

When he retires, the five most senior magistrates in the high court will be automatically nominated for the post, subject to their confirmation. They are Justices Estela Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Alexander Gesmundo, and Ramon Hernando.

Duterte admin not involved in impeach rap vs Leonen – Roque

Robie de Guzman   •   December 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday distanced itself from an impeachment complaint filed against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen before the House of Representatives.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte is not involved in the move and did not endorse the complaint.

“Wala pong kinalaman diyan. We don’t even know who the proponents are,” Roque said in a televised press briefing.

The impeachment rap against Leonen was lodged by one Edwin Cordevilla of a group called the Filipino League of Advocates for Good Government.

Cordevilla accused Leonen of committing “culpable violation of the constitution and betrayal of public trust,” and slow case disposition.

He also accused Leonen of failing to file his statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) during his tenure at the University of the Philippines, as required by law.

Cordevilla filed the complaint with the assistance and representation of lawyer Larry Gadon. It was endorsed by Ilocos Norte Representative Angelo Marcor Barba, cousin of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Leonen said he has yet to receive a copy of the complaint but he expressed confidence that House lawmakers will “do the right thing” and will not entertain “false issues raised by some clearly personal or vindictive reasons.” – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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