Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno discussed over lunch their direction for the Ilocos 6 case. CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr. and several other justices of the appellate court were present. It’s decided that CA justices would seek SC intervention if the House Committee insists on the “show cause order” against the three appellate justices.
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[VIDEO]: Six Ilocos Norte officials detained at the House of Representatives for 28 days want the Court of Appeals to declare their detention illegal and a form of torture.
The three CA justices of the special Fourth Division who handle the habeas corpus case did not join out of “delicadeza” or respect to the senior heads. They are Associate Justices Stephen Cruz, Edwin Sorongon and Nina Antonio-Valenzuela.
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The justices are advised “not to comply with the House processes. They have to follow the constitution. This is to immediately file a petition for prohibition before the Supreme Court. This must be done as soon as they receive the show cause order. The magistrates also decide not to allow the House server into the CA premises.
Separation of Powers
Sereno and Reyes earlier call on the House to reconsider the show cause order. They cite its “implications on separation of powers and judicial independence.” They suggested the House leaders to “avail of all legal remedies that are provided to it under the Constitution, the law and the Rules of Court.” House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez initially said he won’t budge in Congress’ decision but finally rejected the call and told Sereno to discipline the CA justices instead.
Alvarez boasts that both are co-equal branches. Therefore, Congress sticks in its order for the three CA justices to show cause on the contempt citation. This is for ordering the release of the six Ilocos Norte officials. They are detained in connection with the probe on the alleged misuse of P66.45 million in tobacco funds. The CA retaliates by issuing a show cause order to require House sergeant-at-arms Roland Detabali to explain why he should not be cited in contempt for defying the release order. He allegedly rejected the service twice. The House officials insist that the CA’s order is invalid.