MANILA, Philippines - Supreme Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez on Wednesday refused to comment on Malacañang's statement that he should explain allegations of irregularities in the US$21-million World Bank (WB) loan granted to the judiciary.
"Ayaw ko na mag-comment dyan. Hindi ko alam ano gusto nila sa akin. If I am called to give my side on the issue, I will. For now, I'm focused on my job as court administrator," he said.
Marquez said that the leaked WB report was a preliminary report, and as per practice, the WB asks the SC to address issues or questions raised in the preliminary report.
Asked if Marquez is a hindrance to the reforms being pushed by the Aquino government, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda earlier said: “Of course, there is the aide memoire of the World Bank where there were certain expenditures made by Midas Marquez as court administrator and I think that should be explained.”
Lacierda said Marquez’s position as court administrator is permanent, but he can be removed from his post if majority of the Supreme Court decides to do so.
“The position of administrator Midas Marquez is not co-terminus. But there is Presidential Decree 828 stating he could be removed for just cause,” he said.
Under PD 828 which creates the position of Court Administrator, Marquez can be removed by a vote of not less than eight justices of the Supreme Court. - with a report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News