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Time for the bosses to act

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It’s a herculean task indeed. Well-meaning people have cautioned that pushing for the “pork barrel abolition bill” via people’s initiative is naive, misguided, manipulated or malicious.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Judge-made law’

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A good friend of mine, Manoling de Leon, who reads my columns with the analytical mind of a well-read autodidact, sent me a question the other day for which I thought I had an adequate answer.

Posted: August 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Such a ‘rotten example’ for law students

The paid ad of lawyer Ferdinand Topacio in the Inquirer Aug. 18 issue was quite amusing. Why he wasted oodles of money just to remind lawyers to rally behind his call to help preserve “judicial integrity and independence” in the midst of a turf war between the Supreme Court and Malacañang may well be seen as a sleazy attempt to smarm up to the “gods of Padre Faura.”

Posted: August 28th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘Ill-motivated’ inquiry

Why it is only now that there is a move, led by Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr., to conduct an investigation into alleged questionable disbursements of the Judiciary Development Fund (JDF)? Clearly, this move is merely in retaliation against the Supreme Court’s decision declaring the Disbursement Acceleration Program unconstitutional.

Posted: August 28th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘While there is peace there can be no traitors’

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Did Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno overreach? I have not had a chance to read the supplemental comment submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council in the since-resolved administrative matter involving Francis Jardeleza, the solicitor general at the time and now the newest associate justice of the Supreme Court. But a report in Rappler attributes the following statement to Sereno, also the chair of the JBC:

Posted: August 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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