Party-list, ‘quo vadis’?

The current Charter change (Cha-cha) fire was ignited when the President, per Senate President Tito Sotto, voiced his desire to abolish the party-list system and, as an aside, amend the Constitution’s nationalistic provisions. Yet, the House of Representatives brewed only the aside. Let me however focus on the President’s target. The framers borrowed the party-list […]

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Conundrums in attempts to oust Leonen

After the Supreme Court unanimously rejected his and Solicitor General Jose C. Calida’s requests for the Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) of Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen, Larry Gadon — as counsel for Edwin Cordevilla and with the endorsement of Rep. Angelo Marcos Barba — filed an impeachment complaint in the House of […]

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Is the US election democratic?

FLASH. Retired Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio will be conferred an honorary degree by the University of the Philippines (UP) on Dec. 10. May I share my text to him: “I should say ‘Congratulations’ for UP’s conferment on you of Doctor of Laws. But I should really felicitate UP for finally and at last recognizing […]

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ATA, the most assailed law in memory

In an “ADVISORY,” the Supreme Court set the Oral Arguments on the petitions assailing the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) on Jan. 19, 2021 at two in the afternoon. A manual count shows that 37 petitions were listed in the advisory by their case numbers (that begin with “G.R. No.”) making the ATA the most assailed law […]

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What’s up in Bongbong-Leni VP tiff?

After learning of the outright denial of the motions to inhibit Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen (taken up in this space last Sunday), many asked, “To complete the story, what is the status of the election protest filed on June 29, 2016 by former senator Bongbong Marcos against VP Leni Robredo in the Presidential Electoral Tribunal […]

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Should Justice Leonen inhibit?

Solicitor General Jose C. Calida and former senator Bongbong Marcos filed separate motions in the Supreme Court, in its capacity as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to inhibit Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen from the election protest filed by Bongbong. Citing his role as the “Tribune of the People,” Calida (and his 19 assistant solicitors general) […]

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Why Barrett’s hearings are keenly watched

The rushed, marathon hearings in the United States (US) Senate to confirm the nomination made by US President Donald Trump of US Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 48, as the ninth justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Scotus) is keenly watched in the Philippines and elsewhere. By way of background, […]

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Encouraging reactions from SC, DOJ, and bar

Encouraging were the reactions to my last two columns on prosecutors and lawyers. On Oct. 4, I humbly proposed guidelines on how prosecutors could be deterred from “filing frivolous, reckless, malevolent, and politically-motivated charges.” Earlier, on Sept. 27, I wrote that the Supreme Court’s short shrift of facially baseless petitions would “differentiate shysters… from trustworthy […]

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