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Sandiganbayan stands ground: Gov’t won’t pay Marcos informant

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The Sandiganbayan 7th Division has remained firm in its decision that the government will not pay alleged informant Danilo Lihaylihay who demanded a P28.58 billion reward for helping recover ill-gotten wealth from the family of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

“Any judgment, order or resolution issued without jurisdiction is void and cannot be given any effect,” read the anti-graft court’s ruling which junked his motion for reconsideration.

“The court has no choice but to deny the motion for reconsideration for lack of jurisdiction to act on the same,” the court stressed.

In his petition, Lihaylihay sought before the court to compel the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to pay up the reward money.

The court cited that under Presidential Decree 1606, the Sandiganbayan Charter, it does not have jurisdiction over his petition.

“Considering that PD 1606 as amended does not give the Sandiganbayan any appellate jurisdiction over the Bureau of Internal Revenue in the exercise of the latter’s executive/administrative function regarding requests for payment of informer’s reward, the instant petition is hereby dismissed for lack of jurisdiction on the part of this Court,” it explained.

The court pointed out that jurisdiction is “conferred by law, and any judgment, order or resolution issued without it is void and cannot be given any effect.”

“Whenever it appears that the court has no jurisdiction over the subject matter, the action shall be dismissed,” it declared.

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