I have been a student for years of the Judiciary Development Fund (JDF) which, legal eagle Lolong Lazaro told this legal cub, he assisted Mr. Marcos in crafting.
Under Sec. 1 of Presidential Decree (P.D.) No. 1949 of July 1984, “The Fund shall be used to augment the allowances of the members and personnel of the Judiciary and to finance the acquisition, maintenance and repair of office equipment and facilities; Provided, That a least eighty percent (80%) of the Fund shall be used for cost of living allowances, and not more than twenty percent (20%) of the said Fund shall be used for office equipment and facilities of the Courts located where the legal fees are collected; . . .”
We want to see proof of any such augmentation and improvement of office equipment and facilities. Manila’s court system is a continuing disgrace. No majesty of the law at all.
Sec. 2. “The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall administer and allocate the Fund and shall have the sole exclusive power and duty to approve and authorize disbursements and expenditures of the Fund in accordance with the guidelines set in this Decree and its implementing rules and regulations.”
Thus, no one can really speak for CJ Meilou Sereno, at least from the time she became CJ. The House may even be convinced to increase the JDF, given a legally tenable, intellectually respectable and psychologically satisfying factual presentation.
It was typically clever of Macoy, a criminal genius, to have the CJ genuflect properly. No fort is impregnable if you have two mules laden with gold.– Herodotus. A premium for canine loyalty shown by the Supreme Court from 1972-86 in martial law cases (but very good in non-ML cases).
Sec. 3 states: “The Commission on Audit through the Auditor of the Supreme Court or his duly authorized representative shall quarterly audit the receipts, revenues, uses, disbursements and expenditures of the Fund, and shall submit the appropriate report in writing to the Chairman of the Commission on Audit and to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, copy furnished the Presiding Appellate Justice of the Intermediate Appellate Court and all Executive Judges.”
I have asked my studes to get any report from any Executive Judge as required by this section, to pass. For years now, no one has succeeded. Apparently, the copying requirement, e.g., Exec Judges, has been blatantly ignored in our scofflaw society.
Will the Supreme Court interdict current cross-border practices sanctioned by P.D. No. 1949? “Sec. 4. Nothing herein shall be construed to affect or diminish the duty of local government units to provide office spaces, equipment and facilities to the courts within their respective territorial jurisdiction as required under existing laws.” Overtaken by the 1987 Constitution?
The Bersamin ponencia may have, willy-nilly, outlawed this type of cross-border transactions whose benevolent workings may be seen in the Makati court system. Blending, not separation, of powers I see. (Mayor Jun-Jun, the Bigasan St. sign has just again been vandalized; please replace, at a higher spot beyond the reach of the mischievous.)
I assume CJ Meilou has done nothing improper with the JDF since she became CJ and therefore, JDF Sole Disburser. She must be concerned then about the disbursements of his predecessors from 1984. Hence, her steadfast refusal to report to the people, through their duly-elected representatives. (?)
Will duly-elected PNoy run again for Prez? I doubt it. After four years of being told daily how bad and weak (ampaw) he is, he natcherly would want to live as normal a life as possible and not deal with the problems left by WWII, the Macoy-Meldy Dictatorship and the Glo-Mike power grab. Only human.
Jail? Whatever for? Did he steal a singkong duling? I doubt it. A nation that cannot detain Imelda cannot possibly detain PNoy, lest the laughter by the whole world become louder.
The Ampaw Prez has in fact just scored again. Jovito Palparan, who power-grabber GMA praised in one SONA is now in custody. It is the court’s call where to detain him but everybody is free to suggest.
From his looks, reported health condition, and demeanor one could see the tough and pitiful life of a fugitive. He is presumed innocent of course but one could see the sleepless nights and grave anxiety of one on the lam, being punished far beyond what any court can impose.
Palparan, Enrile, Jinggoy, Revilla, Napoles, et al. are charged with heinous crimes against our people. But, they continue to be presumed innocent under the Bill of Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Who will replace PNoy? Maybe that should not be a concern. We have many columnists, including myself, who know all the answers. But, it is one thing to be in bivouacs, another, to be in the commanding heights, seeing so many valid competing claims on scarce resources. And we are now officially 100M rabbits. And multiplying.