House to appeal SC ruling on JBC

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 18 2012 02:35 PM | Updated as of Jul 19 2012 02:46 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives will file a motion for reconsideration of the Supreme Court’s ruling giving Congress just one vote in the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) despite the legislature’s bicameral nature.

Speaker Sonny Belmonte said the phrase in the Constitution giving Congress only one representative in the JBC was an oversight after the constitutional commission shifted to a bicameral legislature at the last minute of deliberations of the 1987 charter.

"At any rate it’s still an ongoing process I don’t even know if a decision has been promulgated we will ask for a reconsideration of it. If it’s a formal petition in sc we will exhaust all remedies," he said.

"We will take all the whatever legal things we can do about it we will do."

The Supreme Court has ruled that Congress will be represented by just one vote instead of two in the selection of candidates for chief justice by the Judicial and Bar Council.

The decision was not immediately made public.

An source said that the voting was 7-2 as of Tuesday. This may still change until Thursday’s promulgation.

The two who dissented are Associate Justices Roberto Abad and Mariano del Castillo.

In his petition, former Solicitor General Frank Chavez said the Senate and the House of Representatives should vote as one body in the JBC.

Under the current setup, the Senate and the House vote separately in deliberations on qualifications of candidates for judicial posts.