By Peter Wallace
A man was murdered recently; “I see no other reason why [he] would be ambushed aside from [his] desire to become a state witness,” said Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu.
Here is the legal equivalent of the old philosophical question, about the tree falling in the forest without anyone within earshot: If justice is rendered 18 years and 8 months after the gruesome crime, is it still justice?
By Neal H. Cruz
The Philippines, I am sure, is in the Guinness World Records as the country with the slowest judicial system.
By Conrado de Quiros
Edwin Lacierda is confident there’s nothing to worry about. That is his reaction to the latest SWS survey that shows the steepest fall in P-Noy’s approval ratings thus far. Released last Monday, the survey gave government a +29 net satisfaction rating, down from +45 last March.
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.