MANILA, Philippines – Below is the full text of the letter of World Bank Acting Director for the Philippines Matthew Stephens to Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro regarding the Judicial Reform Support Project. This letter, dated December 28, 2011, accompanied the Aide Memoire on the project which is also published below.
While the WB has denied officially releasing this report, the multilateral organization has not denied its existence.
Chief Justice Renato Corona acknowledged the existence of the report when he explained to reporters that the loan package was provided by the World Bank in 2003, when he was not yet Chief Justice. The report however contained an assessment of how the more than P900-M loan package was implemented by the Corona court.
At least 11 Philippine government officials were furnished a copy of this report, which emanated from the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The report carried a cover letter dated Dec. 28, 2011, addressed to Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro and signed by Matthew Stephens, acting country director Philippines of the World Bank.
Copy furnished were the following officials: Chief Justice Renato Corona, Judge Geraldine Econg of the Judicial Reform Program of the SC, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Cayetano Paderanga Jr, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Finance Undersecrerary Rosaria de Leon, NEDA deputy director general Rolando Tungpalan, Budget Undersecretary Laura Pascua, Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos, Department of Finance director Stella Laureano, NEDA director Roderick Planta, World Bank executive director for the Philippines Rogerio Studart, and World Bank senior adviser to the executive director for the Philippines Ma. Lourdes Recente.
We have no copy of Annex 1 of this report. In the last page of the Aide Memoire (shown above) there is a list of annexes as follows:
1. Partial list of persons met
2. Progress towards achievement of project development objective and by component
3. Project results indicators
4. Fiduciary review
5. Status of Covenants
6. Environmental safeguards
Cover letter World Bank Aide Memoire to Philippine Supreme Court
Full text of the World Bank Aide Memoire
Annex 2 – Overview of implementation / Progress towards achievement of project development objectives
Annex 3: Project results indicators
Annex 4: Fiduciary review
Annex 5: Status of covenants
Annex 6: Environmental safeguards
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