Dean Agabin Assails Members of the Lower House
Dean Pacifico Agabin, who has taught Public Office and Accountability at the College, said that congressmen in the House Committee on Good Governance and Public Accountability were wrong in issuing a show cause order to Justices of the Court of Appeals and for accusing them of judicial overreach.
The Dean rendered this opinion regarding the month long impasse between the Lower House and the CA in the case of the detained provincial officers of Ilocos Norte. He assailed House representatives for their seeming unawareness of the “expanded definition of judicial power in the [prevailing] Constitution.”
He considered that Speaker Alvarez and Majority Leader Fariñas both being lawyers, should have known that the law (BP 129) authorizes the CA to grant writs.
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