The Philippine Supreme Court accepted a petition to strip Congress of one of its votes in the Judicial and Bar Council. Article VIII Section 8 (1) of the Constitution gives Congress “a” representative, not one for each chamber.
This comes ahead of an expected vote for a new chief justice following the impeachment of Renato Corona earlier this year. It is a bit surprising and possibly not a coincidence that the Supreme Court changed the voting rule after having two representatives since 2001. Perhaps the court thought that given Congress’ vote to impeach Corona, they might disagree over judicial candidates.
Full article from PhilStar here.
A short but interesting article in The Jakarta Post:
Judges’ financial transactions to be tracked
(30/07/2012) The Judicial Commission said it would use data from the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK) to asses the performance of judges in the country.
Deputy chairman of the Judicial Commission, Imam Anshori Saleh, said that the commission would launch investigations against any judges who had suspicious transactions in their bank accounts.
“This is part of our efforts to maintain the integrity of judges,” Imam said as quoted by kompas.com.
The commission has signed a deal with the PPATK under which the former can obtain the financial records of all the judges in the country.