SC junks motion to reschedule oral arguments on DAP

January 22, 2014 7:32 am 

MANILA, Jan. 21 — The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday acted on the joint motion for extension of time to comply and reschedule oral arguments filed by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), as counsel for respondents, and former Associate Justice Vicente V. Mendoza, as collaborating counsel for the Congress.

The case involves the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

The SC allowed all respondents a non-extendible period of 15 days from Tuesday to submit any required document not heretofore submitted in compliance with the directives of the SC.

It sets the oral arguments on Feb. 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. be made by the Congress through their counsel, former Associate Justice Mendoza.

The oral arguments on Jan. 28, 2014 at 2 p.m. will be held as scheduled to receive the arguments of the OSG in behalf of the respondents other than Congress.

In the joint motion, the OSG and Justice Mendoza asked for the resetting of the oral arguments to March 25, 2014 and for an extension of time to submit the required documents up to March 18, 2014.

Both requests were only partially granted.

The SC granted only a non-extendible period of 15 days from Tuesday to submit the required documents.

It did not allow the oral arguments to be reset to March 25, 2014.

Instead, the SC ordered the OSG, as principal counsel, to continue with the oral arguments for all respondents other than the Congress and for Congress to present arguments on Feb. 18, 2014. (PNA)

LGI/PTR/UTB

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