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The least dangerous branch

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Should President Aquino’s recent tirades against the Supreme Court have given the people serious cause for concern?

Posted: July 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Executive immunity

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There is no provision in the Constitution clothing the president with immunity from suit. The 1973 Constitution had a specific provision guaranteeing the president’s immunity but the 1987 Constitution did not preserve this provision.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

DAP and good faith

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DAP, of course, is the Disbursement Acceleration Program used by the government to speed up the use of government money for the accomplishment of public purposes. The money involved is public money in the national treasury and the fundamental constitutional rule is that no money may be taken out of the public treasure except in accordance with an appropriation made by law. And even after the money is appropriated by law, it may be spent only within the limits prescribed by law.

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Issues in the judicial process

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The right to bail. With the proliferation of persons ordered arrested in relation to the Napoles controversy, more and more people, all pleading innocence, are likely to find themselves in detention.

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Electing the Jesuit superior general

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Word has been officially circulated that the current superior general of the Jesuits is set to resign in 2016. What is so special about that?

Posted: June 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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