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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 »

Leonen, Pangalangan appointments hailed

AS AN alumnus of the UP College of Law, I join my co-alumni and well-wishers in jubilating over the well-deserved appointment of two alumni to positions of responsibility in our country—Marvic Fomorca Leonen as the new associate justice of the Supreme Court, and Raul Cano Pangalangan as the new publisher of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. [...]

Posted: November 27th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

A woman chief negotiator?

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The youngest appointee to the Supreme Court in over 80 years, Marvic Leonen brings to the tribunal not just youth but also experience—forged from his stint in the academe and in landmark cases in behalf of indigenous communities (he is himself a native Cordilleran), human rights victims and the environment.

Posted: November 24th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

After President Aquino-Murad meet, crucial steps still needed

We welcome the historic meeting between President Aquino and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim in Tokyo. This unprecedented move, assisted by the Japanese government, brings us leagues closer to a just peace. The government’s chief negotiator Marvic Leonen has stated that the meeting was at the behest of the President [...]

Posted: August 15th, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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