Aquino blames slow court action in anti-corruption fight
THE GOVERNMENT's anti- corruption efforts would be more effective if the court act more expeditiously, especially in sending wrongdoers to jail, President Aquino said.
President Aquino, in an interview with CNN's Andrew Stevens last week, vented his frustration on the courts' inability to act quickly that affects the anticorruption fight.
“We have three branches of government. And what I tell the executive whom I hold is that the key to the corruption fight is not the ability to file cases against somebody, but actually sending somebody to jail,” Aquino said when asked if he is satisfied with the efforts to fight corruption.
“If we can remove this belief that you can get away, literally, with murder then we will have achieved something. But you now, we are expecting some major decisions on cases that have been pending.”
The snail- paced judicial process has been frustrating for him, Aquino said, adding, the Constitution says that once a case is submitted for resolution, the Supreme Court has a maximum of two years to decide on that particular case. And he said that there are cases that have been languishing in the court for decades.
This also impacts on government infrastructure projects, as some projects being delayed by the rather slow court litigation process, according to Aquino. “For instance, they are not able to give a restraining order obstruction.
So the new method was on valuation questioning, the valuation effectively delaying the projects so that some of the targets we are hoping to accomplish before we step down will not be met,” the President further said.