Category Archives: CJ Art Panganiban

CJ Art Panganiban was a member of the Supreme Court, first as a justice (October 10, 1995 to December 20, 2005) and later, as the 21st Chief Justice of the Philippines (December 21, 2005 to December 6, 2006).

Now retired from the judiciary, Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban writes a column every Sunday at the Philippine Daily Inquirer. His favorite topic is principled and visionary leadership by example, which he believes the country needs to move forward socially, economically, and politically. He is also an adviser, consultant and/or independent director of several business, civic, non-government, and religious groups, and a favorite speaker in various fora, round-table discussions, seminars and talk-shows.

As of October 1, 2020, retired CJ Art Panganiban is Independent Director of some of the biggest and most important publicly-listed companies in the Philippines such as the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), Petron Corporation, First Philippine Holdings Corp., Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT); Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Robinsons Land Corp., GMA Network, Inc., GMA Holdings, Inc., Asian Terminals, among others. He is also a Director of Jollibee Foods Corp., Senior Adviser of Metrobank, Member of the Advisory Council of the Bank of PI (BPI) and Adviser of Double Dragon Properties Corp. and MerryMart Consumer Corp.

He is also Chairman, President, Trustee or Adviser of several foundations, including the Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity, Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica Foundation, Metrobank Foundation, Tan Yan Kee Foundation, ACN (Aid to the Church in Need) Philippines, Philippine Judiciary Foundation, Speaker Laurel Foundation and Claudio Teehankee Foundation as well as Chairman of the Asean Law Association (Philippine Chapter) and Chairman Emeritus of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. On August 18, 2017, he was named a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands.

Retired Chief Justice Panganiban has also been the recipient of over 250 awards and citations, including several honorary doctoral degrees. Honorary memberships in the Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society (University of the Philippines Chapter), the Consular Corps of the Philippines and the San Beda College of Law Alumni Association have likewise been conferred upon him. (Source: publishes CJ Art Panganiban’s PDI columns with his permission.

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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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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Lessons from River

The public outrage at the perceived (to quote the Inquirer editorial on Oct. 29) “egregious failure of the justice system that led to the death of baby River Nasino after she was separated from her mother” should teach us to listen to, and take lessons from, the cries of the poor and the powerless. How? […]

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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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