MANILA, Philippines (PNA) — Lower court judges on Wednesday stood pat on their stand that the budget approved for the judiciary in the proposed 2011 national budget is insufficient.
It can be recalled that the members of Congress did not consider the clamor for a higher budget and other concerns of the judges during the first meeting of the bicameral conference committee.
The judiciary has asked for a P27-billion budget for 2011, but the lawmakers only approved P14.3 billion, or a cut of P12.8 billion.
Judge Antonio Eugenio of the Manila Trial Court (MTC) and president of the Philippine Judges Association (PJA), on Wednesday said that there are no changes in their position, although the lawmakers told them that they should be contented with their approved budget.
Judge Eugenio said that it is now up to the lawmakers whether or not to consider their request for a higher budget.
The important thing, Eugenio said, is that they have driven their point during their protest action on Monday during the flag-raising ceremony nationwide.
However, the Supreme Court (SC) said that such protest action did not have their consent or sanction.
The judges were also asking for their differential pay or salary increase since 2007 which is estimated at some P900 million which has yet to be funded.
The executive committee of the PJA is now tackling the next course of action they will take.