SC rules Agra twin posts illegal

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The Supreme Court building in Manila. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court declared on Tuesday day as unconstitutional the twin designation of Albert Agra as justice secretary as well as acting solicitor general during the time of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The high court made the ruling in its en banc session Tuesday and issued a resolution penned by Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin.

The Constitution bars government officials from holding any other office or employment during their tenure.

But the high court, in its resolution, said Agra was a de facto officer “and thus his acts were valid for all purposes.”

The high court was acting on the petition filed by lawyers Dennis Funa and Melanio Elvis Balayan that alleged Agra’s dual designation violated the Constitutional provision prohibiting holding dual or multiple positions in government.

Agra had assumed the position of acting justice secretary on March 9, 2010, replacing his former boss in the OSG, Agnes Devanadera, who had quit to run for representative of Quezon province in the May 2010 elections.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Ang dami pa ring lumalabas na palpak nung panahon ni GMA!
    May anomalyang kurakot na at
    may iligal na gawain pa tulad ng nasa news ngayon.
    Kailan kaya matatapos ito? Pwweeehhh!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Hmm.. I’m confused. The title says illegal but the SC says it’s valid.. which is which?

  • Pablo Juan

    It’s a legal illegal.. or illegally legal… or moot and moronic.

  • whyinthisworld

    Gloria’s remnant. 

  • 1Fz20

    this is embarrassing, too late the hero, typical, tapos na ang GMA administration !

  • Taiko_Kauna

    dapat tinahimikan na lang ng sc ang issue, naipakita tuloy nila ang pagkatamad, wala na ang tao at posisyon saka ba nga desisyon, mga ugok!

    • ed_nique

      late as it is and moot and academic, but the decision is still relevant and the will become a precedent for the future

  • les21reago

    illegal an ngayon dahil wala na si GMA…noun kapanahunan ni GMA legal yan…This what JUSTICE all about in the Philippines…

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