Wheels of justice slow down as SC goes on recess till June

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Any pending appeal before the Supreme Court will have to wait until after May.

The Supreme Court went on recess this week and will not convene for an en banc (full court) session until after the May 13 national and local polls.

The 15 magistrates, who last held an en banc session on April 16 in Baguio City, will be on recess until June 4, according to Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te.

Until then, any appeal on pending election-related cases can no longer be tackled by the Supreme Court justices in a full court session.

This includes the appeal filed by ousted acting Mayor Homer Saquilayan on the Supreme Court’s decision last week to reinstate Imus, Cavite, Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi. The high court had reversed its original decision declaring Saquilayan as the duly elected mayor of Imus.

The high court will likely no longer tackle a pending petition asking for a postponement of the party-list elections.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) did not file a motion for reconsideration of the Supreme Court’s decision allowing political parties and groups not representing marginalized and unrepresented sectors to participate in the party-list elections.

The Court had reinstated 52 party-list groups which the poll body earlier disqualified.

The poll body also did not file a motion for reconsideration of the Supreme Court’s decision to revoke Comelec’s airtime limit for political ads.

New lawyers take oath

Because of that decision, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes announced he was thinking of resigning. He later said he would stay put but said he may ask the President to appoint him ambassador to an Eastern European country after the elections.

But all 15 justices are expected to show up for the oath-taking ceremony for 949 new lawyers.

The 949 law graduates who passed the 2012 bar examinations will take their oath before the Supreme Court in a special en banc session on Wednesday at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

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  • cato_the_younger

    I think the headline should have said “Wheels of justice goes even slower….”

    • marionics

      no, the better headline would have been- “sorry guys no tros or sqa orders until june”

      haha

  • farmerpo

    I did not think it can get any slower. There must be a dearth of news lately.

  • jpmd88

    wow, with so many pertinent cases waiting before the court, I think they are doing a great disservice by going on so called “recesses” like these. Wheels of justice going slower? I think it is more like grounded to a halt.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    extend your recess until december 2013 in time for x’mas, para ma-enjoy ninyo ang pera ng bayan. after that mag file pa ng vacation leave, sick leave, maternity leave sa 2014. ‘yan ang public service.

  • Fulpol

    so the burden goes all to Supreme Court… that is the problem when the lower courts are incompetent, distrustful and stupid…

    kahit ordinaryong kaso, iakyat na rin sa Supreme Court… tapos eto ang news ng PDI na propagandist, wheels of justice slow down…

    hay susmarya… santisima…

    • tarikan

      Lower courts and Supreme Court, same banana — incompetent, distrustful, stupid and…may I add…big bucks court.

  • ingbilat

    ha ha since when did the wheels of justice ever gone beyond the first gear?!

  • regd

    Just like pacman, they do what they do best: sleep on their job.

  • Karabkatab

    The wheels of justice will become faster and in your favor by applying grease, and I mean a lot of grease… Mahirap pala maging abogago, bumabagal ang utak… bumibilis lang kapagka nakaka amoy ng lansa ng salapi…

    • ddano

      Nakaboundary na sila kaya garahe na muna.

      • Karabkatab

        Hahahaha… tumpak igan. Ito ang profession na hindi kilala ang words na urgent and efficient.

  • MANGLUCIO

    WHAT WHEELS OF JUSTICE ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? NEVER HAVE, NEVER HAVE BEEN. IT’S MORE LIKE SQUARE WHEELS OF INJUSTICE. JUST LOOK AT ALL THE CASES THAT THESE SC PESTS ARE TAKING TO RESOLVE CASES. RECESS MY ARSE. GIVE THEM PERMANENT RECESS I RECKONED.

  • ddano

    Supreme Injustice !

  • mabyrik

    Recess kung justice ang paguusapan at walang perang paghahatian. Pero kahit recess, basta may ambon, mag-eemergency enbanc session ang mga iyan, mark my word.

  • dagohoy620

    Personally, I think this current Supreme Court should go on longer recess! That way, they won’t be flip-flopping on their decisions. I mean, no active Supreme Court, no flip-flop decisions!

    Also, with this SC in recess, they won’t be issuing questionable, stupid, irresponsible, and head-shaking decisions! Perhaps this recess would be a good time for them to regenerate their collective brains and dispense justice fairly, blindly, and without regard to money, power and loyalty to their APPOINTERS!

  • david

    mabuti naman naka recess para wala ng tatakbo pa sa SC at babaguhin ng SC ang decision. mag-recess nalang kaya sila habang buhay hahahaha

  • Ommm

    I always thought the wheels USUALLY went vvvvery slow…thinking now the cart has stopped…

  • tarikan

    Recess or no recess, the wheels of justice in the Philippines (SC included) grind painstakingly SLOW.

  • rommel joseph

    From snail pace to…? Is there a slower animal?

  • Jane Tan

    IMO our Constitution should be amended so that the SC cannot wantonly issue TROs and/or SQAOs where their duration will be prolonged due to the SC recess.

  • Ako_Hiking

    Was the wheel of justice ever up since Sereno took over the Chief Justice position in the Supreme Court? What have they done since she became CJ? From what was reported she couldn’t even get her other justices to join her at the SC Monday flag ceremonies.

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