Supreme Court urged to resolve plea to scrap PET

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 02 2010 01:02 PM | Updated as of Aug 02 2010 09:02 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal on Monday formally asked the Supreme Court (SC) to immediately resolve his pending petition before the High Bench on the dissolution of the Presidential Electoral Tibunal (PET) on grounds of unconstitutionality.

In a statement, Macalintal enjoined the Court to “take the cue from President Aquino’s call in his State of the Nation Address for executive officials to stop awarding themselves with excessive additional compensation."

Macalintal reiterated his position in his original petition citing Section 8, Article IX-B of the Constitution which provides that “no elective or appointive public officer or employee shall receive additional, double or indirect compensation, unless specifically authorized by law."

In his motion to resolve, Macalintal said the protest is already ripe for judgment or adjudication since the PET, through the Office of the Solicitor-General, already filed its comment. Macalintal has also replied to the Solicitor General's statement.

The motion reiterated Macalintal’s position that the constitution clearly mandates that “it is the Supreme Court sitting en banc which is the sole judge to decide election cases of President or Vice-President without reference to the creation of the PET where they would receive additional compensation and could even hire confidential employees since such duty is already part and parcel of their functions.”

The election lawyer said the SC needs to act on his pleading expeditiously considering that there is a pending case by Liberal Party vice-presidential bet Mar Roxas against Vice-President Jejomar Binay.

Macalintal filed his petition urging the Court to scrap the PET last April.