MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court to defer the issuance of the status quo ante order on the fixed salary scheme of bus drivers.
"We welcome that because the government-specifically the DOLE [Department of Labor and Employment] and also the LTFRB [Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board] were both given the opportunity to enlighten to the Court as to what the reason is behind the reforms on the fixed compensation for bus drivers," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.
The Palace did not mind the high court’s change of mind this time, saying the recall was made on an interlocutory order.
Previously, the Palace took it against then-Chief Justice Renato Corona the recall of the Supreme Court resolution favoring the employees of Philippine Airlines, saying Corona had interfered in the case after PAL lawyer Estelito Mendoza wrote the SC.
"The flip-flopping refers to a decision that has already been rendered on the main case, from what I understand, and not interlocutory orders," Valte said.
Interlocutory issues refers to side issues, and not the main controversy. -- with a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News