SC to issue 'very good decision' on e-VAT law--chief justice
THE SUPREME Court will issue a "very good decision" on the Expanded Value Added Tax (e-VAT) Law, according to Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. on Wednesday.
But Davide, whom reporters interviewed at the Lyceum University College of Law, refused to give a hint on what the high tribunal's decision would be.
"It will lose the beauty of the issue," said Davide who attended the opening of the 8th Chief Justice Davide Lecture Series.
But Davide said they would try to resolve the constitutional issue on the e-VAT law "as soon as possible."
"We are coming with it as soon as possible (because) this is a matter of public interest," Davide said, adding that they are halfway in the deliberations.
A source told INQ7.net on Tuesday that the high court deferred its decision after justices for and against the e-VAT extended their discussions.
The Supreme Court was supposed to have issued a ruling Tuesday.
Last July, the high tribunal stopped the government from implementing the e-VAT law after several lawmakers questioned its constitutionality.
Among the issues raised include the "undue delegation of legislative powers to the President" and the alleged "insertions" and "deletions" of some provisions in the bicameral conference committee that had not been tackled by the Senate and the House of Representatives.