(Supreme Court of the Philippines}

(Supreme Court of the Philippines}

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Two days before a red-and-black protest by workers in the Supreme Court and Sandiganbayan, Malacañang on Saturday reiterated its respect for the judicial branch of government.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte also said the Palace will respect the right of the workers in the judiciary to air their sentiments.

“Malaya silang gawin ang ganyang pagkilos, pagsuot ng ganiyang kulay at silent protest,” she said on government-run dzRB radio.

Kinikilala natin ang poder ng Korte Suprema … Malinaw ito sa naging hakbang ng pamahalaan,” she added.

On Monday, workers in the judiciary, including the Supreme Court and Sandiganbayan, are expected to wear red and black in a silent protest against a supposed warning by President Beningo Aquino III of a clash between the executive and judiciary.

Earlier this week, Aquino in a televised address questioned the high court’s decision declaring parts of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program as unconstitutional.

He said that with the Supreme Court’s decision, benefits would be delayed by nearly two years due to the long processes.

“My conscience cannot bear this. I cannot accept that our countrymen will be exposed to danger because I let the process of bringing them assistance be prolonged. Let us remember: The nation’s coffers belongs to our citizens,” he said.

On the other hand, Valte said that while Aquino made known the executive branch’s side on the DAP, “it’s very clear we are following processes as mandated by the Constitution and our law.”

“Whatever our position is on the Supreme Court decision, we are raising points in the manner provided by law, and that is through the filing of a motion for reconsideration,” she added. (MNS)