THE Supreme Court en banc ordered for the first time ever the live streaming of oral arguments of hearings on Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
In a one-page Resolution, dated by Oct 1, 2013, signed by SC en banc Clerk of Court Atty. Enriqueta Vidal, the high court approved the live streaming under the principle of “pro hac vice” (for this case only).
It was an unprecedented move by the 15-member tribunal in allowing live streaming because it has previously barred live media coverage on court hearings and oral arguments.
The approval came about after the Memorandum was filed before the SC en banc by Asst. Court Administrator Theodore O. Te, Chief of the Public Information Office (PIO) last September 30, 2013.
“Acting on the Memorandum dated September 30, 2013 of Atty.
Theodore O. Te, Asst. Court Administrator and Chief, Public Information Office, requesting permission to livestream the audio component of the oral arguments in the PDAF cases, the Court Resolved to Approve the request pro hac vice,” it says.
It will be recalled that the SC has ordered the oral arguments on PDAF and Malampaya Fund. The petitions are set for oral arguments on October 8, 2013 at 2pm.
Among the petitioners asked to file their replies are Social Justice Society of Samson Alcantara, former Boac, Marinduque Mayor Pedrito Nepomuceno and former Manila councilor Greco Belgica.
Impleaded in the petition are Pres. Benigno Aquino 3rd, Senate President Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and Budget Secretary Butch Abad.