The House leader said that the chamber would not budge on the issuance of a show-cause order. It demands that the three CA justices explain why they should not be cited in contempt. This if their granting the habeas corpus petition to the so-called “Ilocos Six.”
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[VIDEO]: Nagbanta si House Speaker Alvarez na bubuwagin ang Court of Appeals at ipa-disbar ang tatlong mahistrado nito dahil sa panghihimasok umano sa trabaho ng mga mambabatas. Posible nga ba ito? Ang isyung ‘yan, ipinaliwanag ng constitutional expert mula sa UA&P na si Atty. Jeremy Gatdula.
Advice to the Supreme Court
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez advised Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Court of Appeals (CA) Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr. to “discipline” the three CA magistrates. The justices are involved in the conflict with Solons over the release of the six detained Ilocos Norte officials.
Alvarez appreciated the opinion expressed by Sereno and Reyes that the House committee on good government and public accountability must withdraw the show-cause order. It was allegedly necessary for the chamber to assert its own authority. Somehow, Alvarez tends to listen to the people’s sentiments. It is more democratic to listen to them than to his colleagues in Congress.
Release Order Disputed
The House has been locked in a standoff with CA Associate Justices Stephen Cruz, Edwin Sorongon and Nina Antonio-Valenzuela after they ordered the release of the Ilocos Norte officials detained by the House committee for refusing to answer questions about an alleged anomaly involving the purchase of P66.45 million worth of vehicles.
Without the House leader’s support, Representative Rodolfo Fariñas’s accusation of Governor Imee Marcos’ mishandling tobacco funds will not stand a chance. It is about time to immediately release her six employees detained at the House. Democracy dictates that humanitarian reasons are enough to free accused personnel. They are considered innocent until proven guilty. Besides, Bongbong Marcos advises his sister not to show up at the scheduled hearing. It’s her right to do so. If they have the guts to detain the Governor this time, it will be the people versus Congress that would soon follow.