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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 »

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 »

No bribe-taker when no bribe-giver

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Together with Sen. Grace Poe and Rep. Leni Robredo, I addressed the “Integrity Summit” last week at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati. I was invited to speak on how to stop corruption and reform the judiciary. I began my address with two anecdotes:

Posted: September 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bar exam and legal education (3)

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The Bar Exam assesses the students’ knowledge of basic laws. Beyond the basics is the responsibility of law schools. By conducting the bar exam, the Supreme Court does not and cannot guarantee the applicants’ fitness and readiness to take on specialized fields, like law-of-the-sea, patent, or securities cases.

Posted: September 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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