Court employees to Aquino: Stop attacking SC

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Monday, July 28, 2014

JUDICIARY employees asked President Benigno Aquino III on Monday to stop ganging up on the Supreme Court (SC), which has yet to decide whether it will reverse its decision declaring key parts of his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional.

"Yung ginagawa niya sa DAP, sub judice yan. Kung ordinaryong tao gagawa, contempt na yan. Sana manahimik na muna siya para mabigyan mga mahistrado pagkakataon mag-isip," said SC Employees Association president Jojo Guerrero in an interview during the weekly flag raising at the High Court, where employees donned red and black colors anew to protest Aquino's tirades against a co-equal branch of government.

Aquino has defended the DAP three times since the SC virtually nullified his purported economic stimulus package, which pooled so-called "savings" to fund several "high-impact" projects from late 2011 until the middle of last year.

He also used his recent speaking engagements to criticize the SC as he insinuated that the justices attempted to commit inter-branch transfer of appropriations, an act found illegal by the Court.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), one of the nine petitioners against the DAP, is studying the option of asking the SC to cite Aquino for contempt for his negative remarks while the case has yet to be laid to rest.

Aquino though has immunity from any criminal or administrative suit, which the Court upheld in cases dating back to 1986.

Malacañang said the President has no intention of disrespecting the justices by explaining to the public the government's position on DAP. (Sunnex)

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