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Encounter with Canadian SC justices

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Many readers asked why Filipino lawyers are fond of citing the American Supreme Court and American jurists to support their cases and causes. My short answer is: Because our political, constitutional, international, corporate, and tax laws are American in origin. Logic and authority. Thus, US precedents in these subjects are cited as authority for local […]

Posted: December 14th, 2014 in Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Te denies what law practitioners and professors know for a fact

Lawyer Theodore Te, chief public information officer of the Supreme Court, reacted to the letter of one Marc Leviste regarding the “chaotic state of… jurisprudence” (Opinion, 11/25/14). Te challenged Leviste to give “specifics” about the cases where the different divisions of the Supreme Court rendered “conflicting decisions,” instead of just “drooling”!

Posted: December 11th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

OCA’s obvious lack of common sense escapes SC

We are glad to know that the Supreme Court is serious in instilling discipline in the ranks of the judiciary (“SC: No need for direct evidence to sack corrupt judges,” Front Page, 12/4/14). “So long as there is direct evidence that the canons of judicial conduct had been violated, the likelihood of dismissal is already there,” deputy court administrator Raul Villanueva said. It’s not only for corruption, but for misconduct as well.

Posted: December 10th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Justices rarely telegraph their punches

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The questions asked by Supreme Court justices during oral arguments do not necessarily reflect their opinions.

Posted: December 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Another ‘only in the Philippines’ case

There is simply no telling the Court to speed up the decision-making process, not even by the plain language of the Constitution, whose explicit mandate for it to decide cases within two years is deemed merely a suggestion and therefore constantly ignored!

Posted: December 3rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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