Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero said it is undeniable that House of Representatives’ attempt to conduct investigation of Judicial Development Fund is an attempt to get even with the Supreme Court after declaring some part of DAP are unconstitutional.
However, Escudero added if their is really an issue to clarify, the Supreme Court has to explain. He said no one is really above the law even the SC.
“The issues and the principles of accountability and transparency apply to all even to the Supreme Court, even to the Chief Justice as it does with the President and all of us,” Senator Escudero noted.
Though the judiciary, executive and legislative branches of the government are seemingly having a clash, Escudero said “I think our institutions are strong enough to withstand this type of noises and this type of issues.”
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno did not show up on Congress’ call for inquiry in the issue of Judicial Development Fund.
According to Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas he could file an impeachment case against Sereno for violating the Constitution in the use of JDF.
Some lawmakers see JDF as the judiciary’s pork barrel.
The executive branch distanced itself from the issue. “The investigation being done by Congress is part of its function as a lawmaking body,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said. “The executive department has no participation whatsoever in such impeachment efforts.”