When the sideshow to the criminal trial becomes more eventful than the trial itself, you know that the proceedings are in deep trouble. What disarray has engulfed the Maguindanao massacre trial, in which an unprecedented 194 individuals led by members of the powerful Ampatuan clan are in the dock for the murder of 58 people, 34 of them media workers, in November 2009.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
Sex videos were “thrown in” in an attempt to block the confirmation of Leila de Lima’s appointment as justice secretary.
By Dean dela Paz
As unsavory as the Filipino word might sound, it is appropriate to describe the latent protocols at the Commission on Appointments (CA). To degrade or otherwise debase does not quite capture the full flavor of the word where reputations are dragged into the mud and slime, there finding company with the same filth in which Congress and the CA members now similarly wallow.
The belated confirmation of three Cabinet secretaries this week—four long years after they were first named to their posts—has temporarily obscured the problem that lies at the heart of the Commission on Appointments’ system.
I was so delighted to hear in the last confirmation hearing that Justice Secretary Leila de Lima did not approach the members of the Commission on Appointments (CA) for her confirmation.