Puno seeks 'moderation' in checks among gov't branches

Christian V. Esguerra, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 19 2018 12:45 PM | Updated as of Feb 20 2018 11:24 AM

MANILA - Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno on Monday called for "moderation" among government branches checking and balancing the actions of the other.

Puno said the "extreme exercise of the checking power by each branch of government...often results in deadlock."

A prolonged deadlock, in turn, "petrifies the progress of the people," he said, setting the tone of the consultative committee’s inaugural meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center.

"In times of crises, more than one voice is noise," he said.

"On certain issues of primordial importance to the political, economic and social interest of our people, the three departments of our government must speak with one voice."

Puno heads the 19-man committee tasked by President Rodrigo Duterte to draft a new constitution to be submitted to Congress.

The President had often expressed frustration over how the courts were allegedly being used by losing bidders to stop government projects.

"I’m now addressing myself to the judiciary. Do not play with TROs. Kapag ganoon, na-TRO ka ng TRO tapos na-delay. I’m telling you, don’t force me to disobey you. Kasi kayo ang ginagamit ng negosyo eh," he said in May 2017.

(I'm now addressing myself to the judiciary. Do not play with temporary restraining orders. These TROs cause delays. I'm telling you, don't force me to disobey you. Businesses are using you.)