SC urges Malacanang not to implement just yet EO Nos. 2 & 3

August 13, 2010 11:39 am 

MANILA, Aug. 12 — The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday urged Malacanang not to implement just yet Executive Order Numbers 2 and 3 while the SC is awaiting the reply of Malacanang on the petitions filed before the highest court of the land against the order of President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III revoking all the "midnight appointees" of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

In a press conference, SC Spokesman and Court Administrator Atty. Jose Midas Marquez said that it would be better if Malacanang maintains "status quo" on the so-called "midnight appointees" as the the case is now pending before the Court.

The SC, Marquez said, would like first to hear the comment of Malacanang on the issue before deciding whether or not to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO).

Marquez added that after the lapse of the "non-extendible" period of 10 days given to Malacanang to file its comment, the SC may issue a TRO against the controversial Executive Orders.

Marquez stressed that the Court would not like to have a scenario such that the so-called "midnight appointees" have been dismissed and later on a TRO or a status quo ante order is issued.

The said Executive Orders, Marquez pointed out, may even be found later on as "illegal", which will pave the way for the return of the dismissed government officials. (PNA) LOR/PTR


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