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SC: Transfer of ethics probe to whole Senate vs Villar valid By Benjamin B. Pulta 03/15/2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

SC: Transfer of ethics probe to whole Senate vs Villar valid

By Benjamin B. Pulta 03/15/2011

A ruling by the Supreme Court (SC) has decided that the transfer of the investigation of the complaint against erstwhile presidential candidate Sen. Manny Villar in  the controversial C-5 Road Extension Project from the Senate’s ethics committee to the committee of the whole does not violate his right to due process.

In an en banc decision  by Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, the SC voting 13-0 said the referral of the complaint can take effect upon publication of the Rules of the Senate committee of the Whole. The decision partially grants the petition filed by Villar and his allies composed of then Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and Senators Joker Arroyo, Francis Pangilinan, Pia Cayetano and Alan Peter Cayetano.

The SC ruled that the referral of the investigation of Villar to the Senate committee of the whole was a valid extraordinary remedy under the circumstances and said the adoption by the Senate committee of the whole of the Rules of the Ethics Committee does not violate Villar’s right to due process..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110315hed2.html

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