Palace: Don't blame us for delays in DAP oral arguments

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 20 2014 05:44 PM | Updated as of Jan 21 2014 01:44 AM

MANILA - The Palace denied suggestions that it deliberately wants the oral arguments on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) delayed to wait for a replacement for a retiring Supreme Court justice.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Laciera said it is the Supreme Court that decides on its calendar.

"It is not us who will set the calendar for the Supreme Court. It's always the Supreme Court who will determine when these concerns will be heard by the Supreme Court. Definitely, it is up to them to decide kung [kailan] po. What we only asked was a resetting and it is also up to their discretion when they will reset the hearing," he said.

The Office of the Solicitor General, which will represent the executive, asked the high court to reset the deliberations to March 25 from January 28.

The next SC member who will retire is Justice Roberto Abad, who will reach the mandatory age of 70 in May.