President Benigno S. Aquino III has
signed into law Republic Act 10660, which increases the
number of divisions of the Sandiganbayan from five to seven.
President Aquino approved last April 16 the act
strengthening the functional and structural organization of
the Sandiganbayan, further amending Presidential Decree No.
1606 on the creation of the special anti-graft court.
Speaking during a press briefing at Malacañang on Tuesday,
Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the new
law increases the number of divisions of the anti-graft
court to seven, as well as provides funding for the new
divisions which shall be included in the annual national
Valte said the number of justices to
constitute a quorum has also been changed.
the same provision, previously PD 1606 stated that three
justices shall constitute a quorum for session in each
division. Now, a quorum shall be constituted by two members.
So, this will effectively speed things up in terms of
deliberations and hearing of the cases before it,” Valte
“In the old law, it says that quorum of
three -- each division has three members. So, if there is
one absent, they cannot do business and they cannot hear the
cases that are pending before them. Of course, you cannot
avoid absences in certain cases. This new amendment will
allow two sitting justices to still conduct the court’s
business in the absence of the third member. That will make
things faster as well,” she added.
(full story: 04.21.15)