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Why the royal treatment for rich suspects?

I disagree with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima that it is worth keeping alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles in a separate and special detention facility because there is a possibility that in the future she might tell everything she knows about the pork barrel scam (“Extra cost of Napoles detention worth it, says De Lima,” News, 3/8/14).

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The Rice Fiasco: How smugglers, bureaucrats and naïve economists are mugging our farmers


These lines come to mind as one observes the awful debacle that has overtaken the fate of the most important item in the Filipino diet. In a controversial recent judgment, a court in Davao recently ruled against the Bureau of Customs and ordered the release of 4.2 million tons of seized smuggled rice. Now the smugglers are shouting with glee at an unexpected development: Secretary Leila de Lima is on their side.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

1-year-old plunder case gathering dust

January 24, 2014 marks exactly a year since we filed a plunder case against the spouses Gov. Antonio H. Cerilles and Rep. Aurora E. Cerilles before the Ombudsman, a fitting response to President Aquino’s “daang matuwid.”   For this, we sacrificed our careers in government and the safety of our families. In retaliation, Governor Cerilles [...]

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

How solid is evidence versus PDAF suspects?

We can all agree that the pork barrel scam is one of the most, if not really the most, serious and broadly encompassing cases this nation has had in years.

Posted: November 6th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘Charlie’s Angels’ in ‘insurmountable mission’

Where are the men in this country? They are now in women tasked to render justice, unearth anomalies, recover ill-gotten wealth and punish the rogues and rascals in public service along with their cohorts.

Posted: October 6th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Intolerable and unreasonable


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 »


In the last several days, the exchange of angry recriminations over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman in Philippine waters has given way to a flurry of bureaucratic activity—and the sound of government officials on both sides of the dispute working at something necessary is welcome.

Posted: May 30th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Reenacting Leila, banning Mar


Interior Secretary Mar Roxas’ initiative to ban the presentation of suspects without their consent has largely gone unremarked. I happen to think, however, that it is a genuine advance in civil liberties, and may even help improve police performance.

Posted: February 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Aquino wants next Chief Justice to be a puppet

President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER photo

President Aquino carried on his war of attrition to dominate the Supreme Court with a last-minute attack on Friday, denouncing as “unfair” the short list of eight nominees for Chief Justice submitted to him by the independent Judicial and Bar Council.

Posted: August 20th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A new chief justice; an amended HB 4244


The basic, constitutional quality requirements for a chief justice are no other than “competence, integrity, probity and independence.” No one can possess all these qualities in a degree higher than all the other nominees. Not one of the nominees, for instance, can be said to possess the highest degree of competence in all fields of law.

Posted: August 20th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Moving on to greatness


Though deeply aggrieved and disappointed, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has decided to move on. She will no longer contest her exclusion by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) from the short list for chief justice.

Posted: August 19th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Disqualifying De Lima

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was not included in the Judicial and Bar Council’s short list of nominees for chief justice—and she wants you to know she feels bad about it.

Posted: August 15th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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