SC grants OSG's motion for extension to file comment on JBC composition

July 10, 2012 10:29 pm 

MANILA, July 10 – The Supreme Court granted on Tuesday the motion of the Office of the Solicitor General for extension to file comment pertaining to the petition filed by former Solicitor General Francisco I. Chavez questioning the composition of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).

In a press conference, Acting SC Public Information Office (PIO) chief and spokesperson Atty. Maria Victoria Gleoresty Guerra said that in the case of Chavez v. JBC, concerning the present composition of the JBC insofar as representation from Congress is concerned, the Court granted the OSG's motion for extension of time until July 13, 2012 to file its comment.

Guerra said that the OSG represents both Houses of Congress in this case.

She added that the Court also noted the JBC's comment submitting the matter to the "wise discretion of the Court."

The three-page motion for extension of the OSG, signed by Solicitor General Francis H. Jardeleza, was filed before the SC on Monday.

The original deadline for submission of the comment was July 9, 2012.

The OSG asked the SC to give it until July 13 within which to file the comment.

The OSG argued that it still needs to get a copy of the documents from the Senate, the House of Representatives and the JBC in connection with the petition filed by Chavez.

On the other hand, the JBC would like that the SC resolve the petition questioning the composition of the JBC.

This was contained in the 13-page comment filed on Monday before the SC by the JBC and signed by retired SC Associate Justice Regino Hermosisima, chairperson of the JBC Executive Committee.

The JBC members said that they tried in the past to resolve the issue on the right representation of the Congress to the JBC, but they failed to resolve the same.

They asked the SC to exempt them or not oblige them to submit their opinion on the issue.

The JBC said it is letting the SC to make the judicious resolution of the case. (PNA)

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