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.”
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.
By John Nery
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: