Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Court of Appeals (CA) Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr. have appealed to Congress to withdraw its concern a show in opposition to three magistrates of the appelate courtroom for ordering the discharge of six detained Ilocos Norte workers.
Sereno and Reyes stated in a joint assertion Wednesday (June 21) they expressed “deep concern over the Show Cause Order issued by the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability against Court of Appeals Justices Stephen Cruz, Edwin Sorongon, and Nina Antonio-Valenzuela who comprise the Court of Appeals Special Fourth Division.”
“Without inquiring into the merits of the the issues currently pending before the Special Fourth Division and subject of the House Committee’s before the Special Fourth Division and subject of the House Committee’s inquiry, we note that the House of Representatives is not without any speed legal remedy that is consistent with the separation of powers should it disagree with the action of the Court of Appeals, such as an appeal,” they stated.
“In this light, it is our hope that the House of Representatives reconsider its order and that it instead, avail of all legal remedies that are provided to it under the Constitution, the law and the Rules of Court,” they added.
The House committee detained six Ilocos Norte provincial workers–treasurer Josephine Calajate, accountant Edna Batulayan, funds officer Evangeline Tabulog, bids and awards committee head Pedro Agcaoili, and Genedine Jambaro and Encarnacion Gaor, each from the provincial treasurer’s workplace–for refusing to reply questions in its probe over the alleged misuse of tobacco funds within the province.
Because of this, the six had sought their launch earlier than the CA which subsequently issued a writ of habeas corpus which ordered Congress to current them earlier than the courtroom.
But up to now the House refused to adjust to the CA order for having no jurisdiction over the detention.