SC may have different take on transparency, Palace says

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

MALACANANG indicated Wednesday that the executive branch and the judiciary have different interpretations of showing transparency.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda made the seeming comparison after Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno turned down the invitation of the House of Representatives to attend the committee hearing on the Judicial Development Fund (JDF).

"At the very least in the executive branch, we have always been transparent with what we do, with what we implement. And so, the Supreme Court may have a different take on it. I’m not familiar what's their take on this matter, on the JDF," he said in a regular press briefing.

But he added that the Palace would defer to the judgment of Sereno.

Lacierda also cited the different stance of the executive and the judiciary as far as the Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) are concerned.

"For instance, we have a different interpretation on the request for Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth," he said.

In the executive branch, he said they submit their SALNs to the Office of the President and to the Office of the Ombudsman.

"At least we inform the public. So, insofar as the Supreme Court, they have a different take," Lacierda said, noting the decision of the SC rejecting the request of the Bureau of Internal Revenue for the copy of the SALNs of the magistrates. (SDR/Sunnex)

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