Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is standing by the House of Representatives’ issuance of a present trigger order towards the magistrates of the Court of Appeals’ Special Fourth Division regardless of an attraction from Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno to rethink the choice.
In an announcement Thursday (June 22), Alvarez mentioned the House merely did its job “based on jurisprudence and existing law.”
“For the record, it is the Special Fourth Division of the Court of Appeals that violated the existing law and established jurisprudence,” he mentioned.
The Speaker urged Sereno and Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Andres Reyes, Jr. to discipline CA Special Fourth Division magistrates Stephen Cruz, Erwin Sorongon and Nina Antonino-Valenzuela as an alternative of interesting to Congress because the House’s energy to cite anybody in contempt has been upheld by the Supreme Court.
While I recognize the view of Chief Justice Sereno and Presiding Justice Reyes, it could even be finest if they will discipline the mentioned members of the Appeals Court for grave abuse of discretion and abuse of authority,” he mentioned.
“Accordingly, it also has the power to rectify the ‘uneasy situation’ its recklessness has created,” Alvarez added.
In a joint assertion, Sereno and Reyes urged the House management to rethink its issuance of a present trigger order towards the CA magistrates and as an alternative avail itself of all different treatments offered to it underneath the Constitution.
The House requested the justices to clarify why they shouldn’t be cited in contempt for ordering the discharge of six Ilocos Norte provincial officers, whom lawmakers had detained since May.
The officers are accused of being uncooperative within the legislative inquiry into the Ilocos Norte provincial authorities’s buy of motor autos value P66.45 million by means of the alleged misuse of tobacco excise funds.
Alvarez mentioned CA “overstepped its authority and transgressed the committee’s contempt powers” when it issued its personal present trigger order towards the House management.
“It was the action of the CA Special Fourth Division that precipitated the unfortunate situation when it committed grave abuse of discretion tantamount to ignorance of the law in issuing the controversial order. It has not only violated the constitutional power of the HOR, but has overturned jurisprudence long established by the Supreme Court since 1950,” he mentioned.