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Should he inhibit?

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Conventional wisdom and expert judgment share a consensus: Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza will inhibit himself from Supreme Court deliberations on the fate of the Disbursement Acceleration Program. As solicitor general, he had not only argued the case before the Court; he had also submitted the motion for reconsideration.

Posted: September 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘While there is peace there can be no traitors’

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Did Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno overreach? I have not had a chance to read the supplemental comment submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council in the since-resolved administrative matter involving Francis Jardeleza, the solicitor general at the time and now the newest associate justice of the Supreme Court. But a report in Rappler attributes the following statement to Sereno, also the chair of the JBC:

Posted: August 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Roxas, making up for one bad call

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Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

To many, Mar Roxas’ presidential ambition is a given. I think, however, that a certain ambivalence attends his desire to occupy the one office that exceeded his father’s grasp. My Exhibit A is Roxas’ failure to run for a Senate seat last year.

Posted: August 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ideological shortcuts

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Sociologist Herbert Docena’s characteristically astute reply to last week’s column is too long to fit into the Letters page; I am happy to use this space to run it in full. My comments follow:

Posted: August 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Is there corruption without personal gain?

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The scholar Herbert Docena wrote something truly provocative in these pages two or so weeks ago. He asked whether there was any difference between “the schemes cooked up by the likes of Sexy, Pogi, or Tanda” and President Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). In his view, both were forms of corruption, even though only the plunder allegedly committed by the likes of Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile involved personal gain.

Posted: August 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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