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Despite our continued exposure to an excess of high-profile or sensational crimes, the assassination of a judge still sends us reeling, still strikes us as deeply offensive. Why? Because we sense it for what it is: an attack on something fundamental, something basic, to our way of life.
Former senator Rene Saguisag wrote about the lawyers who handled the defense of former chief justice Renato Corona during the latter’s impeachment trial (Opinion, 1/31/14).
By Oscar Franklin Tan
One cannot emphasize enough how voiding the Reproductive Health Act will destroy our legal system. So are we as a society willing to uphold our democratic institutions’ integrity regardless of individual views on the RH Law?
By Neal H. Cruz
Do you know that we taxpayers spent P35.2 billion last year for just one insignificant law? That’s how much we spent for Congress, including the Commission on Appointments (CA) which is composed of senators and congressmen, and their pork barrel, which had not yet been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court last year. In return, Congress last year passed only one minor law: the one-page Republic Act No. 10632, which suspended the 2013 Sangguniang Kabataan elections. For that one law, Filipino taxpayers spent P35.2 billion! That merits a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Her name is Marlise Munoz, and she is 33, the mother of a year-old boy and pregnant with her second child. She is also lying in her bed at the ICU of John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, in the United States, declared “brain dead” by her doctors. But Marlise and [...]
The way things are taking shape, Napolesgate, which began in the court of public opinion, will come home to roost in the courts of law. The Filipino fascination with law as almost a secular religion is perplexing, since the Supreme Court itself twice validated pork barrel in the past.
We have resoundingly spoken against pork barrel, and yet our leaders still seem hell-bent on lavishing largesse upon themselves. Are we totally helpless? Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno says we are not. We hold the power of “direct initiative” to bypass Congress and abolish pork on our own. Puno’s proposal is fraught with hope, but likewise risks disappointment.
By Artemio V. Panganiban
As one of the 10 holders of the “Chief Justice Panganiban Professorial Chairs on Liberty and Prosperity,” Dean Jose Manuel I. Diokno began his lecture with two questions: Is justice an imported Western concept? Do we have a native Filipino concept of justice?
By Oliver P. Cachapero Jr.
In one of my hearings before the Municipal Trial Court, while waiting for my case to be heard, I witnessed how the judge handled a theft case. It was unfortunate for the accused. By then, the courtroom was packed with people—the judge, court employees, prosecution team, private lawyers including myself, the accused and their victims [...]
During his inaugural address, President Aquino asked if we the citizens had ever waited patiently in traffic for several hours only to be brushed aside by officials of an uncaring government. He promised no more of that.
By Randy David
During certain periods, crime acquires a high visibility, the result usually of diligent reporting by the mass media. “Moral panic” sets in, putting pressure on the police and the courts to show that justice is not asleep. Thus, for a while, the public may be treated to a flurry of arrests and a surge of decisions meting out harsh penalties to convicted offenders. In such ways do societies seek to restore the authority of the law.
Last February, to much fanfare on the part of Congress and Malacañang, President Aquino signed into law a bill authorizing compensation of P10 billion (about $230 million) to victims of human-rights abuses by the Marcos dictatorship.