In a press conference, SC Spokesman and Court Administrator Atty. Jose Midas Marquez said that the eight cases concerning the ARMM elections have been consolidated and that the Court has set the cases for oral arguments on Aug. 9, 2011 at 2 p.m.
Marquez said that there are many issues concerning the elections in the ARMM.
He noted that some of the petitioners claimed that the ARMM elections should be held on Sept. 12, 2011 pursuant to Republic Act 9054, otherwise known as the “ARMM Organic Act”.
Marquez said that RA 10153 postpones the Aug. 8, 2011 ARMM elections and synchronize it with the national and local elections on the second Monday of May 2013.
”It would be impossible to hold the ARMM elections on Aug. 8, 2011 considering that the Comelec (Commission on Elections) still have to make some preparations,” Marquez said.
The oral arguments will be on Aug. 9, 2011 at 2 p.m. and thereafter, the Court will decide whether to defer the ARMM elections on Sept. 12, 2011, Marquez stressed.
Marquez noted that on oral arguments, the SC limits the scope of the oral arguments.
Before Aug. 9, 2011, Marquez said, the Court will issue guidelines on the scope of the oral arguments so that the issues to be taken up will be limited and not all of them (petitioners/respondents) are talking.