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  MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Today, June 27, acting Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro will face the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to tell them what he’s got to be an Ombudsman. Would he admit to the existence of 6 cases against him, among them a disbarment? [Newsbreak earlier reported that there were 3 disbarment cases filed [...]

Posted on June 27, 2011   |   CATEGORY: The Judiciary

By JUSTICE ROBERTO ABAD Although I have worked with Justice Chit [Conchita Carpio-Morales] for just a few years, it has been easy to be her friend because, contrary to some misimpressions about her, she is an intensely warm person, affectionate, and sincere to the core. She is a paradox. Her tongue is sharp but her [...]

Posted on June 23, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Institutions, Justice System, The Judiciary

The JBC’s 2 top picks also include a friend of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Posted on June 22, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, Justice System, The Judiciary

[UPDATED] The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has released today its list of official candidates for Supreme Court justices and the deputy Ombudsman for Luzon. Vying for the two vacant SC justice positions are Jose Reyes, Rodolfo Robles, Bienvinido Reyes, Magdangal de Leon, Jafar Demaampao, and Estela Bernabe. Also, nominated for the deputy Ombudsman for [...]

Posted on June 21, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions

MANILA, Philippines—The author of a hard-hitting book on the Supreme Court said that the libel charges filed against her by a Supreme Court justice sends the message that journalists could not perform their duty of demanding accountability from public officials without fear of being penalized. “Truly, media is effectively considered to be the fourth branch [...]

Posted on June 9, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Justice System, Media, The Judiciary

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATED) Former justice secretary Raul Gonzalez is the second Arroyo administration official to file an opposition to the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales as Ombudsman. Gonzalez sent his letter to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on June 6, the same day that former President Arroyo sent hers. Both asked the 8-person [...]

Posted on June 8, 2011   |   CATEGORY: The Judiciary

By DEFENSE SECRETARY VOLTAIRE GAZMIN Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, first of all, on behalf of the Department of National Defense of viagra medicine cialis over the counter cialis erection target pharmacy online refill buyviagraonline-purchase the Philippines, allow me to thank the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and our hosts, the government of Singapore, for [...]

Posted on June 6, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security, Institutions

MANILA, Philippines—The World Bank has offered former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo a second three-year term as adviser on good governance and anti-corruption. World Bank president Robert Zoellick, through managing director Sri Mulyani, extended the invitation to Marcelo during the final session of the mid-year meeting of the World Bank’s Independent Advisory Board (IAB) held at Washington, [...]

Posted on June 5, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions

Will assume chief of staff post next week

Posted on June 2, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, The Presidency

MANILA- Jose Mejia, one of the two new appointees to the Judicial and Bar Council, has been known at best only as the classmate of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa. When news of his appointment came out in early May—he represents the legal academe in the JBC—his association with Ochoa as a classmate at the Ateneo [...]

Posted on May 31, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, Justice & Human Rights, Profiles, The Judiciary

They sold generators worth P1.2 million without authority from the defense secretary

Posted on May 30, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, Justice & Human Rights, Justice System, Sectors, The Judiciary
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