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Two of the foreign authors whose words were used without attribution in the Justice Mariano del Castillo’s ponencia on the Vinuya v. Romulo case have expressed support for the University of the Philippines College of Law faculty The SC has threatened to hold the UP professors in contempt for criticizing Del Castillo’s ruling on war-time [...]

Posted on October 28, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

The notion that Court justices are beholden to certain political quarters has become widespread. Marites Vitug’s book, Shadow of Doubt, an autopsy of high court high jinks of recent years, puts the nail in the coffin of the Court’s decomposing moral stature.

Posted on October 26, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Institutions, The Judiciary

By Jose Manuel I. Diokno
Impunity is insidious; it eats at our reverence for life until we become numb to violence and inured to death. It tears at the very fabric of society by showing us that life is cheap; that fighting for justice is dangerous; and that those who kill in the name of the State are a law unto themselves.

Posted on October 5, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

Encroaching on our legitimate and rightful work to determine if there are sufficient grounds to impeach Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez is a clear disrespect by the Supreme Court.

Posted on October 4, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

These are excerpts from the author’s privilege speech delivered on Sept. 21, 2010. She is a member of the House of Representatives and belongs to the minority bloc, with Rep. Gloria Arroyo. Once again, the Supreme Court has abused its power of judicial review by encroaching upon this august body’s exclusive power of impeachment. Encroaching [...]

Posted on September 27, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

The author delivered these remarks  during the Media Nation conference on September 18, 2010 at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay.

Posted on September 20, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

What is different for the Aquino administration is the extraordinarily high levels of support, and
consequent expectations, of ordinary Filipinos. Public opinion polling during the elections showed unprecedented levels of trust in Aquino. This is his political capital.

Posted on September 14, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

The last week in August showcased the challenges facing the Philippines’ new administration.  President Benigno S. “Noynoy” Aquino III, right on the schedule he promised in his July 26 State of the Nation Address (SONA), submitted his proposed 2011 budget to the Philippine Congress.  This operationalization of the vision laid out in the SONA and [...]

Posted on September 14, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

MANILA, Philippines—Whenever I read of ranking government officials of other countries resigning from office because they violated ethics or take responsibility for the failings of their subordinates, I am envious and amazed. In our country, public officials are like Velcro; they cling to their positions no matter what.

Posted on September 2, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

Excerpts from the Nicanor Reyes memorial lecture delivered by the author at the Far Eastern University on August 25, 2010. levitra online us pharmacy

Posted on August 26, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

I call on our esteemed Justices of the Supreme Court to honor and uphold the mandates of the Constitution, as the last bulwark of our democracy and as the final arbiter of all constitutional issues.

Posted on August 20, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary
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