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By Walden Bello
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.
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 [...]
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.
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.
By Solita Collas-Monsod
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.”
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.
By John Nery
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.
By Amando Doronila
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.
By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J.
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.
By Artemio V. Panganiban
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.
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.
The Judicial and Bar Council has a seemingly impossible task before it: to follow its own rules, even or especially when they are clear as daylight. According to news reports, one member of the JBC wants to suspend a particular provision, self-evidently for self-serving reasons—and the result is yet another postponement of a crucial vote, the selection of the short list of nominees for the next chief justice.