Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday said it is up for the Supreme Court (SC) to decide whether to still continue with the oral arguments on the petition filed by Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr.
De Lima, it is up to the SC to decide whether to declare the petition as “moot and academic.”
The SC earlier set the oral arguments on the case on April 22, 2014 at the SC Session Hall in Baguio City.
Nevertheless, de Lima believes that there is no more legal stumbling block in the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) in the case of the pork barrel scam because the SC has not issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop the investigation by the anti-graft body in the alleged involvement of Revilla in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
One of the issues to be tackled during the oral arguments is whether grave abuse of discretion was committed on the part of the Ombudsman when it dismissed the motion to suspend the preliminary investigation filed by Revilla despite the presence of “prejudicial question.” PNA