Press Release
September 14, 2010


Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan urges President Aquino to convene JELACC to address the budgetary concerns of the Judiciary.

"As a co-equal branch of government, the Judiciary should not be made to beg for financial support. This was exactly the reason why JELACC was conceived."

The Judicial Executive Legislative Advisory and Consultative Council is the brainchild of Pangilinan. It is composed of nine members who shall serve ex-oficio capacity without any additional emoluments and/or allowances: the President of the Republic, as Chairperson, with the Vice-President, the Senate President, the House Speaker, the Chief Justice as regular members; a Cabinet member to be designated by the President, one Senator and one member from the House Representative to be designated by their respective leaders, and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines to be designated by the Chief Justice. It aims to serve as forum and venue for the three branches of government to undertake measures on matters affecting the primacy of the rule of law.

"The JELACC's mandate is centered on the rule of law. Our Judciary cannot fulfill its mandate if they are not given much-needed resources. With JELACC we can formulate solutions on the Judiciary's budgetary issues such as infrastructure requirements, compensation and other benefits, the creation of more courts, among others. We need not tackle issues as they come; let's be pro-active."

"The country needs direction. Let us not waste the people's trust in government. It is time to show initiative in tackling issues. JELACC is just one example of how we can approach differently decades-old problems plaguing our nation. We must continue to be pro-active with the end in sight of having our country get back on track, on the road to genuine reforms."

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