September 25, 2017, 1:35 am
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Law to protect gov’t projects from TROs

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said the administration is pushing for a measure that will prevent lower courts from issuing temporary restraining orders (TROs) on government projects that are of “national significance.”

“Projects that are of national significance will not be exposed to TROs except from the Supreme Court,” said Ernesto Pernia, socioeconomic planning secretary and NEDA director general.

“So under the measure, lower courts will not be able to issue TROs,” Pernia said, with the plan seen to make sure projects are finished as scheduled.

NEDA said the definition of projects that are of “national significance” is still under discussion with the infrastructure group.

In July last year, Pernia said the three branches of government should conduct informal meetings to make sure the executive, legislative and judiciary are “not operating at cross purposes.”

“Although as a formal meeting, the judiciary may not want to join, but there can be another format of the three-way meeting; it will be an informal, friendly conversation, just to make sure that the different branches of government are not operating at cross purposes, that they achieve the goal of economic progress and human development,” Pernia then said.

As he raised this concern,he cited the full implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law was being hampered by the TROissued by the Supreme Court.

“Our problem is that our departments are not just speaking with different voices but they are not acting to achieve the same goal, or agree on ways to achieve the common goal of economic progress,” Pernia previously said.

“It’s not only this case, there are many others that prevent the government from moving forward, in terms of infrastructure projects, because of TROs. I don’t know why they have to give (importance) to nonsensical theories,” he added.
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