MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Supreme Court’s power to interfere in all issues brought before it is already too much and needs to be clipped, President Benigno Aquino III said.
In a Bombo Radyo interview aired on Thursday morning, Aquino said this seemingly unlimited judicial reach is the reason why he is considering Charter change.
“Lahat na lang pinapakialaman… Mukhang sumobra naman… ‘Yung judicial reach, kailangan naman yata lagyan ng hangganan,” the President said.
He maintained that not all issues require judicial review.
Among the Aquino administration’s lastest brushes with the high tribunal involved the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program, portions of which the SC struck down last July 1 as unconstitutional.
Among the unconstitutional acts under DAP were:
the withdrawal of unobligated allotments from the implementing agencies, and the declaration of the withdrawn unobligated allotments and unreleased appropriations as savings prior to the end of the fiscal year and without complying with the statutory definition of savings contained in the General Appropriations Act;
the cross-border transfers of the savings of the executive to augment the appropriations of other offices outside the executive; and
the funding of projects, activities and programs that were not covered by any appropriation in the GAA.
The SC said these acts violated Section 25 (5) Article VI of the 1987 Constitution and the doctrines of separation of powers. (MNS)