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Inconvenient truths

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Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s revelation that her office has widened its investigation of lawmakers who misused their pork from 2007 onward, based on work by the Commission on Audit, drives home some inconvenient truths.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Nature abhors a vacuum: SC as industry regulator, consumer watchdog

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While Congress and the Supreme Court have moved with alacrity on the scandalous Meralco rate hike, the executive’s response has been extremely slow and disjointed.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Threats

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I can’t let it pass without comment. That is Rodrigo Duterte demanding to know: “Is there a law preventing a public official from threatening criminals? My threat is only against criminals, not against innocent civilians.”

Posted: January 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Pork barrel up for grabs by fake NGOs

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In the sordid saga of corruption in the Philippine government since the overthrow of Ferdinand Marcos’ kleptocratic dictatorship in the 1986 People Power Revolution, no scandal has appalled the Filipino people more than the diversion of P10 billion in state funds earmarked for livelihood and public works projects, through the intervention of a private syndicate of nongovernment organizations, to dummy NGOs for alleged ghost projects during the past 10 years.

Posted: August 9th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What’s DOJ up to in suits against bank officials?

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Something is not right in the Department of Justice. In December 2012, after finishing its preliminary investigation of two criminal suits against top officials of the Standard Chartered Bank, the Makati prosecutor filed the cases. The DOJ took over jurisdiction of the cases, only to send them back to the Makati prosecutor, then take them [...]

Posted: August 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Intolerable and unreasonable

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Better late than never. I’ve got to hand it to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. She did not waste any time trying to excuse herself or her department, or attempting to cover up. Instead, she described it as “an unfortunate and deplorable case of violation of the constitutional and human rights of the respondent,” and then immediately ordered an investigation to determine if any official is criminally liable for the “inordinate and inexcusable delay in resolving the automatic review of the Urbina case.”

Posted: June 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A law each day

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I think you’ll agree that the Philippines has more than enough laws. What we need is enforcement. It’s the executive branch that has to act, not Congress.

Posted: June 5th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Too diligent or just dumb?

It has been about five years since the hapless victims of a preneed company filed complaints for large-scale or syndicated estafa with the Department of Justice.

Posted: May 17th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Belated justice

Almost two years since a baffling report by a joint fact-finding panel of the Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation cleared the military of any liability for the unfortunate deaths in a Leyte forest of top botanist Leonard Co and two of his aides, the Commission on Human Rights has restored the balance on the side of reason and justice.

Posted: December 20th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Scary

DEEPLY DISTURBING. That may be the best way to describe the decision of the Special Fifth Division of the Court of Appeals invalidating the creation and thus the conclusions of a second panel of prosecutors that had investigated last year’s murder of Palawan environmentalist Gerry Ortega.

Posted: November 29th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Dead men walking?

With the murder of state witness Alfredo Mendiola, a clear message was sent to the government: The car theft syndicate against which he testified is not one to pull its punches. The state of Mendiola’s corpse and two others (each bound, gagged, and with a bullet wound in the head) and the speed with which he was neutralized (not long after he gave his guards in the Witness Protection Program the slip) indicate that the reach and resources of the syndicate have not waned despite the arrest and incarceration of its leaders. The government should act swiftly to banish the impression that it is operating from a position of weakness.

Posted: May 10th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Polls as escape route

ELECTIVE OFFICE is an escape route that has been used by criminals to avoid prosecution and conviction for many crimes. As the 2013 elections near, the Commission on Elections may find it worthwhile to work with the judiciary and the Department of Justice to stop criminal suspects from using this escape route. Many suspects in [...]

Posted: April 26th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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