The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday began looking for “clues” on how a draft ponencia on a disqualification case against Sen. Grace Poe was leaked to The Manila Times.
According to well-placed source in the High Court, SC Justice Marvic Leonen questioned the en banc on how the ponencia of Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo ended in the hands of this paper.
Leonen, the source said, noted that The Manila Times was always getting “leakages” whose source the justice wants to know.
“I cant understand why decisions are always being leaked to [this paper],” the source added, quoting Leonen.
The SC source pointed out that del Castillo had assured the other justices that his 70-page draft decision was secured when it was circulated last Friday.
Del Castillo said the ponencia was placed inside a sealed envelope and marked “confidential.”
It was learned that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno herself was irritated by the leakages.
The SC is set to hold a special en banc session on March 9 on the disqualification case against Sen. Grace Poe.
The source pointed out that the draft ponencia of del Castillo recommends dismissal of petitions of Poe and lifting of the temporary restraining order (TRO) against a ruling of the Commission on Elections disqualifying Poe on residency and citizenship issues.