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When word got around that the Supreme Court was about to break its silence on the celebrated Kuratong Baleleng case, the future of Panfilo “Ping” Lacson Jr.—regarded as hero or villain by either supporters or detractors—was expected to be sealed. The news was met with some trepidation. Others worried that an unfavorable ruling would spark [...]

Posted on May 12, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Justice System

Former President Joseph Estrada’s latest attempt to make the public perceive that he is not getting a fair trial comes straight out of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.’s case during the Marcos dictatorship.   After suffering legal setbacks in the Supreme Court and the Sandiganbayan, Estrada ordered his lawyers to withdraw from his criminal cases and [...]

Posted on March 31, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Justice System

Fear gripped Leonora Amora as she and other relatives rushed to the taxi stand outside Admiral Hotel in Manila on Jan. 27, 1997. It was past 1 a.m. and her sister Myrna Sorronda Abalora had just received a call on her cell phone warning them to disperse and not travel as a group.   “They’re [...]

Posted on March 3, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Justice System

The bad news is that every woman and girl has or will experience some form of gender violence in her life. Months after having been raped, I tried to make sense of what happened. I read every material, every study on rape and other forms of sexual violation, and that was one of the most [...]

Posted on February 27, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Justice System

After living separately from her husband for several years, Lizette, then 26, moved to make their parting “official”—at all costs. An annulled marriage, she felt, would give her “a sense of wholeness” no price tag could match.   She now acknowledges that her resolve to “start with a clean slate again” could not have sustained [...]

Posted on February 12, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Justice System

WILL Mark Jimenez, now congressman of Manila and fugitive from justice in the United States, be given a key role by the prosecution in its bid to convict deposed President Joseph Estrada of plunder?   Private prosecutors were expected to take up the issue this week after previous attempts by Justice Secretary Hernando Perez to [...]

Posted on January 22, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Justice System

Days before Dacer disappeared, he went to Malacañang upon the invitation of then President Estrada. The meeting was meant to patch things up between Estrada and Dacer.

Posted on January 31, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Downloads, Institutions, Justice & Human Rights, Justice System, Politics, Today's Feature
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