• Court of Appeals justices inhibit from bribery probe

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    Justices composing the Court of Appeals Ethics Committee have inhibited from investigating bribery accusations of Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th against two CA magistrates who are handling a case of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.

    CA Justices Jose Reyes and Francisco Acosta were accused by Trillanes of receiving P25 million each in exchange for favorable actions on the Binay case.

    It was gathered that the members of the Ethics Committee recused from the probe to avoid any suspicion of partiality in investigating fellow justices.

    Earlier, the appellate court said it would police its own ranks, instead of the Senate as

    insisted by Trillanes and Senate President Franklin Drilon.

    Recusing from the Makati mayor’s case is committee head Marifor Punzalan-Castillo

    because Dr. Elenita Binay, the mayor’s mother, was a sponsor in the wedding of her child.

    Also inhibiting from the case is Justice Jane Lantion, a co-sponsor in the wedding.

    Acosta, also a member of the CA Ethics Committee, had recused himself because he is a subject of the probe.

    Justices Manuel Barrios and Franchito Diamante also inhibited, citing “close association” with parties in the case.

    The CA 6th Division, composed of Reyes, Acosta and Justice Eduardo Peralta, issued a temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction that halted Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales’ order of preventive suspension against Mayor Binay.

    On April 16, 2015, the Ethics Committee was mandated to inquire into  the allegations of Trillanes on the basis of Senate Resolution 1265.

    The CA probe will be conducted for 30 days.

    Under the Internal Rules of the appellate court, the Ethics Committee is in charge of  probing complaints against CA justices and submitting its findings to the Supreme Court (SC).

    Under the 1987 Constitution, only the SC en banc has the power to discipline erring justices and judges and court employees and the Senate is devoid of authority at all in that area.

    In the same manner, senators and congressmen can only be disciplined by their own respective chambers after investigation by the ethics committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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    7 Comments

    1. Ramses Sales on

      Dapat ituloy yung Senate Investigation para makita ng taong bayan yung ebidensya at para maiwasan yung takipan ng mga magkakabaro. The investigation need not be disciplinary in nature. Pwede namang in aid of legislation so are law makers can make laws which will prevent and/or minimize corruption in the Judiciary.

      It is a known fact that there is corruption in the Judiciary. Only hypocrites will claim otherwise. We have to find out how extensive and pervasive it is so we can find ways to try to solve this persistent problem.

      Kudos to Sen. Trillanes for daring to speak out on the issue! Kung hindi pag-uusapan yan at uungakatin, lalo lang yan lalala at mamamayagpag ang mga corrupt!

    2. Nancy Bulok Cake on

      Most CA justices are friends or kumare/kumpare of the Binays.That’s the reason why the Binays have the courage to enrich themselves for no matter how countless cases filed against the family of Binays, they can always get a TRO or a favorable decisions from the corrupt justices.

    3. Let us wait for the CA ethics comm.result ? We already know the principle and views of our beloved and dedicated SC Chief Justice in terms of mandated laws of our constitution as promulgated hereby…….

    4. Alejo Rosete on

      Just follow the rules – of the court
      These justices are not politicians

    5. Pete Albea on

      The CA magistrates cannot investigate its members, that would be a suspect of cover up. It should be the Supreme Court, which has supervision and control over judiciary magistrates, judges and personnel, is the proper office to investigate wrongdoings by its subordinates.

      Pete Albea

      • apolonio reyes on

        It’s like the ” BIG BOYS ” investigating themselves, RESULTS ALWAYS A WHITE WASH. Why not allow and appoint an INDEPENDENT BODY, BUT NOT THE SC, SAY THE OMBUDSMAN or the SYBRC DO THE INVESTIGATION? BAKA KAPANINIWALA PA ANG RESULTA, DI BA MGA SIRS?