Palace won't impinge on court's fiscal autonomy
MANILA - Malacañang reiterated Friday that it has no intention to impinge on the judiciary's fiscal autonomy.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the objective of the special provisions in the proposed 2014 budget is to ensure transparency, adding that Section 6 of the special provision on the Judiciary Development Fund states that "…in filling of unfilled positions as of December 31, 2012, shall be automatically and regularly released."
"We'd like to reiterate, that nowhere in the special provisions will you find anything that will lead you to that conclusion that we are trying to infringe on fiscal autonomy or judicial independence... It is not a precondition to any release of any fund in the Supreme Court and that's very clear in the special provisions," Valte said.
She said that the budget department is open to addressing the concerns of Congress and the judiciary regarding their respective budgets.
"Ang punto lang naman po natin din at kung makikita po natin sa pagbasa natin ng mga special provision na ang nilalayon po natin talaga ay 'yung transparency; and we in the executive, and we know also that our counterparts in the Supreme Court will agree to this, that fiscal autonomy and transparency can go hand in hand," Valte said.