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The silence that kills

The Supreme Court couldn’t have been more prophetic. “This is not the first fraternity-related case to come to this court; neither will it be the last.” Indeed not.

Posted: July 11th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Why we should not impeach over DAP

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Impeachment calls over the Supreme Court’s decision on the Disbursement Acceleration Program intentionally confuse the three completely different planes of unconstitutional, criminal and immoral. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano correctly proposes that we accept the decision as part of our checks and balances and move on.

Posted: July 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Supreme Court in a social media age

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The Supreme Court entered popular consciousness in 2013. One recalls how the oral arguments on the Reproductive Health Act saw vocal justices such as Roberto Abad turned into Internet memes, graphics with their quotes bouncing around Facebook.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sereno, Leonen question antipork decision?

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The Supreme Court announced its landmark ruling that lawmakers’ pork barrel is unconstitutional but released the complete decision days later. The weighty question in that interim is why Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was announced as “concurring in the result only” in the decision of the decade. It turns out that she and Justice Marvic Leonen argue that the decision does not require budget allocations to be line items and prohibit lump sums.

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

SC: Why pork is unconstitutional

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Last October. 8, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe and University of the Philippines administrative law professor Alfredo Molo III compellingly outlined why lawmakers have no constitutional authority to enforce what we know as pork barrel. The issue at the oral arguments at the Supreme Court seemed to be how strongly—not whether—the government should be admonished.

Posted: October 9th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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