- Posted August 5, 2014 by
Judicial-Legislative collision in Phl looms
A COLLISION between the Philippine Supreme Court and the House of Representatives is expected to create fire once Chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks on the Judiciary Development Fund (JDF), which is being questioned by the committee on justice.
The House of Representatives Committee on Justice on Tuesday said it intends to invite again Sereno or her official representative in its next hearing to shed light on the JDF.
Iloilo Rep. Neil Tupas Jr., chairman of the committee, said they just want to clarify some provisions under JDF which is directly controlled by the Chief Justice.
"In my four years as committee chairman, this was the first time that the Supreme Court ignored an invitation from the committee," Tupas told reporters after the hearing.
He added: "We hope that the Supreme Court will understand that we are only doing our job, being elected by the people, and in the name of public accountability and transparency, no one should be untouchable."
Aside from Sereno, the committee invited her Deputy Court Administrator Raul Villanueva and SC Fiscal Management and Budget Office head Atty. Corazon Ferrer-Flores.
Tupas said they granted the request of Sereno that she be given more time to consult with other justices on the matter.
The high court in its recent ruling declared both the Priority Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as unconstitutional.