MANILA -- Malacanang has stood by the creation of Presidential Truth Commission (PTC) amid criticisms from lawmakers.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda on Monday said the questions on the legality of the PTC are not new to them anymore and they remain confident that it could get favorable decision from the Supreme Court (SC).

Last Sunday, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said the commission could run into several legal problems such as the scope of its authority and power and its budget.

“That statement that she (Santiago) raises has been raised previously already so I think it’s already before the Supreme Court,” said Lacierda.

The Palace aide instead advised Santiago to wait for the decision of the SC.

Executive Order 1 issued by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III created the PTC tasked to investigate graft and corruption during the time of his predecessor.

“As far as the Truth Commission is concerned, they’re going to perform their functions as mandated by EO 1 and they will continue to do so until there is an adverse decision, if any, by the Supreme Court,” Lacierda stressed. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)