New SC justice should inhibit from DAP, JDF talks

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Friday, August 22, 2014


NEWLY-appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza is expected to inhibit himself from discussions on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and Judicial Development Fund (JDF), says lawyer Enrique Tabino, president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Negros Occidental Chapter.

Jardeleza served as solicitor general right before his appointment in the SC, and at that time, the Aquino administration filed a motion for reconsideration on the High Court’s ruling declaring the DAP unconstitutional.

Jardeleza is expected to disassociate himself from his previous acquaintances now that he is already with the SC, Tabino said.

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“Being an appointee of the President, he should inhibit from the two issues hounding this administration,” he also said.

Tabino asked the public to continue their vigilance on DAP and JDF that created conflicts between the Judiciary, Executive and Legislative branches of government.

Jardeleza was named solicitor general in February 2012, just less than a year after he was appointed Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon in July 2011.

He graduated salutatorian/cum laude from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1974, then moved on to place third in the bar exams the same year.

In 1977, he obtained his Masters of Law from the Harvard Law School. Jardeleza specialized in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, securities, intellectual property and corporate governance while with San Miguel.

The solicitor general applied as chief justice in 2012 but he lost to Sereno.

He then vied for the position of SC associate justice later that year, which went to former UP Law dean Marvic Leonen.

Jardeleza is Aquino’s fifth appointee in the SC after Sereno and Associate Justices Bienvenido Reyes, Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Leonen. (with reports from Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 22, 2014.

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