MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court is returning more than P527 million to the national government.
The high court, in a press statement Thursday, said the amount of P527,100,000 is under the Special Allowance for the Judiciary (SAJ) Fund.
In a 3-page minute resolution issued February 12, 2013, the court ordered Fiscal Management and Budget Office chief Atty. Corazon G. Ferrer-Flores to remit "to the National Treasury as income of the Government's General Fund" the entire amount at the rate of P43.925 million a month.
Ferrer-Flores earlier sought clarification from the court regarding the Special Provision No. 1 in the 2013 General Appropriations Act that pertains to the special allowance granted to justices, judges, and all other positions in the judiciary with the equivalent rank of justices of the Court of Appeals and Regional Trial Court judges under Republic Act 9227.
She recommended that the remittance be made in tranches because the balance of the SAJ, as of December 31, 2012, will be used for allowances of justices, judges, officials and workers in the judiciary.