Author Archives: CJ Artemio Panganiban, Philippine Daily Inquirer

About CJ Artemio Panganiban, Philippine Daily Inquirer

CJ Artemio Panganiban was a distinguished practicing lawyer and civic leader before he was appointed Chief Justice of Philippine Supreme Court in 1995.

Can Sara still become president?

This question was repeatedly asked by many supporters of Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio after she filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) as a substitute candidate for vice president under the Lakas-CMD party of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA). The obvious answer was given by Sara herself way prior to filing her said COC — that after […]

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The Bongbong-Sara juggernaut

All the while, I thought Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio would vie for the top post. I thought she would be the substitute candidate for president of the Lakas-CMD Party of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) and that Bongbong Marcos would be her vice-presidential mate. The big surprise is she is indeed running under the aegis […]

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Disini to pay damages in BNPP suit

In Disini v. Republic (promulgated on June 15, 2021, but the full decision came out only recently), the Supreme Court unanimously directed Herminio T. Disini “to pay the Republic of the Philippines temperate damages… of One Billion Pesos (P1,000,000,000.00) and exemplary damages… of One Million Pesos (P1,000,000.00) … [plus] legal interest… of 6% per annum […]

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Negative versus positive

Throughout October, the Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity (FLP) celebrated its 10th anniversary on the themes “theory versus practice, dreams versus realities, negative versus positive, slogans versus philosophies.” When I was a pre-law student, my political science professor repeatedly challenged me to refute the Marxist slogan, “From each according to his ability and to each […]

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Oust nuisance bets speedily

In Villamor v. Comelec (Oct. 5, 2021), the Supreme Court reminded the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that “[b]y their very nature and given the public interest involved, election cases must be resolved speedily…” With this reminder, the Comelec should speedily deny due course, after summary due process, the certificates of candidacy (COCs) of nuisance candidates […]

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Sara, the game changer

On or before Nov. 15, Mayor Sara Duterte will have to decide with finality whether to substitute for Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa as the presidential bet of the ruling PDP-Laban party and/or the Lakas-CMD of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Though the feisty Inday has steadfastly refused to chase any national post, I will not […]

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Sara, the game changer

On or before Nov. 15, Mayor Sara Duterte will have to decide with finality whether to substitute for Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa as the presidential bet of the ruling PDP-Laban party and/or the Lakas-CMD of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Though the feisty Inday has steadfastly refused to chase any national post, I will not […]

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Q&A on substitution of bets

My column last Sunday titled “Party substitution extends Oct. 8 deadline” drew a lot of questions which I will now answer. Q1. Substitution tends to cause uncertainty and manipulation of the electoral process. How can we avoid or minimize these evils? A. Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal proposed that a candidate who files a certificate of […]

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