Pursuit of Scarborough Shoal duty of executive branch
Court of Appeals Justice Oscar Badelles on Thursday disclosed that the executive branch and not the judiciary should lead the country’s claim over the disputed Scarborough Shoal.
Badelles revealed this during the Judicial and Bar Council’s (JBC) public interview Thursday for the Supreme Court seat to be vacated by Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr.
“Historically judiciary awaits on cases to be filed so that basically the pursuit on West Philippine Sea should be done by the executive branch. Judiciary does not have an active role but rather passive on that,” he said.
He was also asked on how to uphold judicial independence given that President Duterte is at the helm. His response was: “In resolving cases, I rely on evidence and applicable laws. Moreover, if whatever the opinion of the President will have no bearing.”