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JPE’s novel bid for bail

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Novel and unusual is the petition for certiorari filed by detained Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile (JPE) in the Supreme Court to obtain his freedom from detention while awaiting his trial in connection with the charge of plunder and graft filed against him by the Office of the Ombudsman (OOO) for his alleged complicity in the pork barrel scam.

Posted: November 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bong’s 3 battles for freedom

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Detained Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. is battling for his freedom on three fronts: two in the Supreme Court and one in the Sandiganbayan (SBN). Recall that Revilla was ordered arrested and detained by the SBN after being charged by the Office of the Ombudsman (OOO) with the capital offense of plunder and graft allegedly arising from the pork barrel scam.

Posted: November 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Eradicate poverty, share prosperity

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Unlike its US counterpart, our Supreme Court is rarely divided along philosophical or ideological lines. In fact, not many Philippine justices, now or in the past, are known to hold or promote any particular legal philosophy. (See last Sunday’s piece on the legal philosophy of US justices.) Hence, it is difficult to predict how they would vote on specific issues. Why?

Posted: November 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Legal philosophy

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Interestingly, my column last Sunday (“SC tops SWS poll”) elicited—aside from the usual Twitter-type, knee-jerk reactions—lengthy and perceptive comments on the need to know the legal philosophy of Supreme Court justices.

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

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 »

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