- Posted December 5, 2013 by
Is Philippine judiciary corrupt?
THE Supreme Court (SC) has ordered Atty. Lorna Kapunan, to explain her claims about alleged corruption in the judiciary, including corruption within the high court.
In a one-page resolution dated November 26 and released Thursday, the high court directed Kapunan to explain her answers within a period of 10 days.
"The Court resolved to direct Atty. Lorna Kapunan to explain her answers in her interview in Umagang Kay Ganda on November 21, 2013 regarding corruption in the judiciary, within ten (10) days from notice hereof," the resolution read.
The high court acted motu proprio on the issue, minus any formal complaint against Kapunan.
The court’s order stemmed from an interview made made by ABS-CBN broadcaster Anthony Taberna over the television network's program "Umagang Kay Ganda."
In the interview, Kapunan claimed she knew of a high court magistrate who could be paid by litigants in exchange for favorable rulings.
Aside from saying there is corruption in the high court, Kapunan also said she knew of corruption in the Court of Appeals (CA), adding that a restraining order in the appellate court may be secured by as much as P5 million.
Kapunan is the former lawyer of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, who is being tagged as the brains behind the P10-billion "pork barrel" scam.
Napoles, including three senators and seven former congressmen, faces plunder and malversation raps before the Office of the Ombudsman.