SC orders Senate Minority to file reply on Enrile's comment

June 2, 2009 1:28 pm 

MANILA, June 2 – The Supreme Court (SC) acted swiftly on Tuesday on the comment filed by the Senate Committee of the Whole as it ordered the petitioners to file its reply within a period of ten days from today.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Chairman of the Senate of the Whole, filed its comment today in response to the petition filed by Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. seeking the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the investigation being conducted by the Senate of the Whole in connection with the ethics complaint filed against Senator Manuel "Manny" Villar, Jr.

Senator Anna Consuelo "Jamby" Madrigal filed the complaint against Villar involving the alleged "double-insertion" in the C-5 Road extension project amounting to P200 million, which led to the resignation of the latter as Senate President.

The SC has yet to issue a TRO as sought by the petitioners so that the investigation of the Senate Committee of the Whole on the ethics complaint against Senator Villar will be immediately stopped.

SC Spokesman Atty. Jose Midas Marquez said that there are arguments contained in the comment that were not discussed on the petition.

Hence, Marquez said, it would be better that the petitioners submit their reply to be able to clarify on such new arguments.

However, Marquez did not mention the particular arguments which the SC justices would like that the petitioners tackle on their reply.

Nevertheless, the SC spokesman said, this does not necessarily mean that the SC would not issue a TRO on the matter.

The SC can make a decision anytime once it has received and read the reply, Marquez said, the SC could issue such a TRO on the case at bar. (PNA)

DCT/PTR

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