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SC tops SWS poll

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The Supreme Court topped the latest SWS public satisfaction poll (conducted on Sept. 26-29) of the major government institutions, with 32 percent net satisfaction rating (54 percent satisfied minus 22 percent dissatisfied), followed by the Senate, 28 percent; House of Representatives, 21 percent; and Cabinet, 18 percent.

Posted: October 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Questions raised by SC decision on Ong’s dismissal

That the Supreme Court has finally come out with a decision dismissing Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong is very welcome news (“SC sacks Napoles justice,” Front Page, 9/24/14). But before we fall all over each other in praising the high court, look at the way the votes went: eight for, five against, and two abstentions. […]

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Will SC free Jinggoy?

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Invoking the Supreme Court’s GAD (grave abuse of discretion) duty, detained Sen. Jinggoy Estrada asks for the nullification of the preliminary investigation (PI) conducted by the Office of the Ombudsman (OOO) because of alleged denial of due process. The grant of his little-known petition may void the pending plunder proceedings against him in the Sandiganbayan, free him from detention, or at the very least, remand his case to the OOO for a new PI.

Posted: October 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Judicial overreach?

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President Aquino wants to clip the “judicial overreach” of the Supreme Court after it struck down four acts under his pet economic stimulus project, the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP. He was particularly stung by the last two paragraphs of the Court’s decision which ascribed bad faith, if not criminal fault, to the “authors, proponents and implement[e]rs of the DAP.”

Posted: October 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ong’s ‘fraternizing’

The Supreme Court has dismissed Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong for “fraternizing with litigants,” but its extended hand-wringing along the way shows that perhaps the equally insidious ethical breach is fraternizing among the judges. Those who applaud his dismissal must not forget that the Court had its chance to get rid of him a few years ago, but eventually balked in a half-baked measure that allowed him to stay on.

Posted: October 3rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

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