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The ongoing drama in the graft case against Efren Alvarez, mayor of the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, bears watching (Inquirer, 11/8, 26, 30/12). Filed in the Sandiganbayan on Aug. 6, 2006, the case took over six years to resolve, with the appeal process reaching the Supreme Court. Documents of suspicious origin suggest that both the Sandiganbayan and the Supreme Court want to revisit it, risking the outbreak of violence in Nueva Ecija and hinting at massive corruption in the justice system.
By Artemio V. Panganiban
This is a sequel to my Oct. 7 column in which I opined that judicial decision-making could be reduced, in its simplest terms, into an Aristotelian syllogism, and that most of the time, the crucial part of the syllogism is the minor premise on whether the facts alleged in the complaint or information have been duly proven.
By Neal H. Cruz
Two House committees are investigating the reported $30-million bribe given to a former consultant of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) by billionaire Japanese casino operator Kazuo Okada in exchange for a license to operate in Pagcor’s Entertainment City in Pasay. The Committee on Games and Amusement chaired by Rep. Amado Bagatsing and the Committee on Good Government chaired by Rep. Jerry Treñas should not forget that the root cause of all this is the rivalry between Okada and his erstwhile partner and now bitter enemy Steve Wynn of Wynn Resorts. The motive: Pagcor’s Entertainment City in the Philippines would pose a direct threat to Wynn’s casinos in Macau.
Let me react to the column of Solita Monsod where she wrote about the irrationality in the plunder case involving the Philippine Charity Sweeptakes Office (Inquirer, 11/24/12). She bristled against the unfairness of lumping together all those whose signatures appeared in the paper trail leading to the diversion of “intelligence funds” in the hundreds of millions of pesos. Indiscriminately accused with former President Gloria M. Arroyo and former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte, the minions/members of the PCSO board of directors are crying foul as they were only exercising “ministerial” functions in connection with the allegedly unlawful disbursements, Monsod suggested.
By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J.
Had not the debate on the Freedom of Information bill been aborted last Tuesday, it might have taken up the issue of “right of reply.” Actually, this is not the first time that the right of reply has reached Congress. In 2009 a bill on the subject sought preferential treatment. Essentially the bill said that “all persons who are accused directly or indirectly of any crime or offense or are criticized by innuendo, suggestion or rumor for any lapse in behavior in public or private life shall have the right to reply to the charges published in newspapers and other publications or to criticisms aired over radio, television, website or through any electrical device.” It did not become law and no case went to court.
About two weeks ago, human rights victims suing the Marcos dictatorship won another, important legal victory. Whether this will bring the victims closer to realizing the legal justice they have already received—in 1992, the United States District Court for Hawaii ordered the estate of Ferdinand Marcos to pay the victims nearly $2 billion in damages—remains to be seen. But the new judgment puts additional pressure on the Marcos family, undermines the estate’s legal strategy and allows the human rights claimants wider scope for collecting on the damages. For all these reasons, we join the many who hail the ruling as both just and necessary.
It was during martial law when a humongous sum collected from farmers on their copra sales was turned into investments for the benefit of a privileged few close to President Marcos. Presidential decrees and letters of instruction backed the establishment of a coconut monopoly that landed under the control and ownership of Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr.—all in the name but to the detriment of the millions of impoverished small coconut farmers.
By Artemio V. Panganiban
Of the eight functions or duties of the chief justice (CJ) that I wrote about on June 17, the most important is the first—to be primus inter pares, to be the first among equals in deciding cases in the Supreme Court.
By Amando Doronila
The Senate impeachment tribunal averted on Monday a head-on collision with the Supreme Court by voting 13-10 to obey a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the court against opening the dollar accounts of Chief Justice Renato Corona with the Philippine banks. The decision palpably relieved tensions over fears that such a clash would trigger [...]
The verdict was as surprising as it was welcome. On Jan. 9, 2012, leading Malaysian opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim was exonerated of sodomy charges—charges that were generally considered politically motivated. With the acquittal, Anwar has finally risen from the attacks initiated by former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. The irony is, Anwar was originally Mahathir’s [...]
I am surprised that Sen. Joker Arroyo, one of the strong voices against injustice, turns dumb when it is the Supreme Court that commits injustice.