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Umali’s threats a bid to manipulate the judiciary

Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali should stop terrorizing the judiciary with his reckless public threats to impeach the justices of the Supreme Court.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Ombudsman to decide on PDAF cases shortly

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Why is the Office of the Ombudsman (OOO) taking so long to act on the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) scam? Six months ago, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed its complaint for plunder, graft, bribery and malversation and unloaded its “truckload of evidence” against 38 respondents, including three senators. Yet up to now, the OOO has not indicted any of them in the Sandiganbayan. Why? many impatient readers ask.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Knee-jerk

Sen. Tito Sotto is seeking the reimposition of a bill that would mete out death as the ultimate penalty for heinous crimes. For him, there is no conflict between his defense of the unborn and his disdain for the lives of convicts. “I am prolife for the unborn and the Filipino family. I am prodeath to heinous criminals,” he says.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Power and profit

The timing of the Supreme Court was so precise, and the issue so controversial, that the announcement of a temporary restraining order barring the Manila Electric Co. from implementing a three-stage power rate increase was received, and presented in the media, as a veritable Christmas gift.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Beyond the PDAF decision

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Almost universal acclaim greeted the Supreme Court’s decision slaying the Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF. Although the reasons used were quite technical and legalistic, the Court nonetheless calmed the seething anger against the scams associated with the PDAF, but heightened the clamor for the prosecution of the scammers.

Posted: November 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Cleansing judiciary possible, but only via out-of-box approaches

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was reported as exhorting lawyers to peach on corrupt magistrates (“Expose corrupt judges, Sereno urges lawyers,” Second Front Page, 9/27/13).

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Can Customs be cleaned up?

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How can Commissioner Ruffy Biazon get anything done when the courts stop him? Whose side is the judiciary on? Everyone, but everyone, agrees that the Bureau of Customs is the most corrupt government agency. Cleaning it up requires dramatic, courageous action. The courts should keep their hands off.

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

Reform judiciary first

A sense of urgency should be the moving light of the Sereno Court if it is to effect no-nonsense reforms in the judiciary; if it is to replace the slow wheels of justice with fast ones; if it is to eliminate the backlog of cases in courts (including the Supreme Court, quasi-judicial agencies, etc.); if it is to update the archaic rules of court, criminal procedures, etc.; if it is to shed the judiciary of its shameful double-standard of justice; if it is to bring about the much-needed genuine professionalization of the Philippine bar. Those problems have been a curse to the Philippine justice system these many decades. This, despite the many outstanding Filipino jurists and lawyers, past and present. What went wrong? Your answer is as good as mine.

Posted: September 13th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

RH Day 4: Abad doesn’t know human rights?

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Feminist stereotypes coalesced into the sight of older men grilling a progressive woman lawyer, Sen. Pia Cayetano, on Day 4 (Aug. 13) of the Supreme Court oral arguments on the Reproductive Health Act. Cayetano not only injected powerful, concrete images into the abstract debates, she also trapped Justice Roberto Abad, who questioned each pro-RH advocate [...]

Posted: August 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Fiscal autonomy of the judiciary

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The importance of judicial independence cannot be denied, but neither the 1935 nor the 1973 Constitution explicitly provided for fiscal autonomy of the judiciary. President Ferdinand Marcos was aware of the importance of an independent judiciary, hence he promulgated Presidential Decree No. 1949 creating the Judicial Development Fund (JDF). The JDF was meant to bolster the independence of the judiciary through, among other means, better compensation and working conditions.

Posted: August 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Hustisyeah’ to decongest the judiciary

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With the help of the US Agency for International Development, American Bar Association, The Asia Foundation and Asian Development Bank, the Supreme Court recently launched a new, system-wide but rifle-focused reform project, nicknamed “Hustisyeah.” The immediate aim is to reduce docket congestion and ultimately to speed up the dispensation of justice in the trial courts.

Posted: July 27th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Automating the judiciary

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The Supreme Court launched recently in the Regional and Metropolitan Trial Courts of Quezon City a new pilot program, called “eCourt,” to automate the trial courts. The aim is to speed up the delivery of justice by reducing case processing time, eliminate sources of graft, and improve public access to performance information in the lower courts.

Posted: June 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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