Aug 302014
Malacañang on Saturday said the Supreme Court did not seek funding for electronic courts (e-courts) for 2014 and 2015, in reply to reports quoting Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as saying a lack of funds may threaten the creation of such courts.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said they checked the Department of Budget and Management’s records and found the high court did not request funds for the purpose.

“Wala rin sila ni-request na pondo for the e-courts for 2014 and 2015,” she said on government-run dzRB radio.

Earlier this week, Sereno lamented key reform programs, including the creation of more electronic courts, are being threatened by a lack of funds.

She said these e-courts provide random electronic system and raffling, which remove human intermediation that makes courts prone to corruption.

“The problem is that the executive department deleted our request for funding of more e-courts,” she said.

Still, Sereno appealed to the public to continue believing in the judiciary.

“Judiciary is strong if the people believe in it… I hope the people will work for a strong and independent judiciary,” she added.

Meanwhile, Valte said the executive department acted on the judiciary’s request for an information technology project, the Enterprise Information Systems Plan (EISP).

“Sa ating nakikita, at least under this administration, patuloy ang suporta na binibigay sa kasamahan natin sa judiciary,” she said.  — Joel Locisn /LBG, GMA News

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