By John Nery
Conventional wisdom and expert judgment share a consensus: Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza will inhibit himself from Supreme Court deliberations on the fate of the Disbursement Acceleration Program. As solicitor general, he had not only argued the case before the Court; he had also submitted the motion for reconsideration.
The news conference last Thursday was as extraordinary as it was rare: Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, for only the second time since her appointment to the Supreme Court, met the press in a lengthy and candid give-and-take.
By Teddy Casiño
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.
By Randy David
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.
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.”