THE Supreme Court (SC) has allowed Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang to use the anti-graft court’s savings of P72 million from continuing and regular appropriation.
In a full court resolution, promulgated by Clerk of Court Enriqueta Vidal, the SC approved Tang’s request for authority to use these savings for construction of the Sandiganbayan’s new court divisions.
“The court resolved to approve [Tang’s] request for authority to use savings from the Continuing and Regular Appropriation – Buildings and Structures Outlay…” it said.
The savings were aimed at housing two new divisions of the anti-graft court under Republic Act 10660.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd signed into law Republic Act 10660 allowing the creation of two more Sandiganbayan divisions to add to the five at present for speedy resolution of corruption cases, including complaints related to the P10-billion pork barrel scam.
The law amending Presidential Decree 1606 or the Sandiganbayan law in a bid to improve the anti-graft court’s functional and structural organization was signed by Aquino last April 16.
It also changed the number of justices needed to constitute a quorum to two from the previous three.
Malacanang said the new law would help decongest cases and facilitate efficient disposition of graft and corruption cases before the High Court.