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If the health department wins, the Philippines may yet be the first country in Southeast Asia to ban advertising of milk substitutes for babies up to two-year old kids. Will milk formula companies be able to advertise breast milk substitutes targeting newborn babies up to when they turn two? 

Posted on July 31, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Justice System

Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong has asked the Pasig regional trial court to correct the records of his birth and citizenship after the Supreme Court barred his appointment as associate justice (read Ong’s petition here). On July 9, days after the Supreme Court ruled that Ong is not qualified to join the High Court because he [...]

Posted on July 19, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Justice System

The Melo Commission chaired by former Supreme Court Justice Jose Melo expired on Saturday, June 30, with no developments to add in its report that was submitted to Malacañang in January. Talks with leftists groups, which were invited to testify and present evidence against the military, failed. “They gave us two conditions which were totally [...]

Posted on July 3, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Justice System

The London-based human rights group Amnesty International (AI) recently challenged the Arroyo government and the new set of senators and congressmen to address the human rights abuses in the country by pushing for institutional reforms. Launching the group’s Annual Report for the Philippines, AI deputy director for the Asia-Pacific Program Tim Parritt said in a [...]

Posted on May 25, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Justice System

{mosimage}President Arroyo should take the blame for the blunder in the appointment of Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong as Supreme Court justice “because she is the last one to go over his documents,” former Senate President Jovito Salonga stressed today. “As (US President) Harry Truman said, ‘The buck stops here.’ In the case of Ong, the [...]

Posted on May 23, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Justice System
Posted on May 23, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Justice System

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez on Tuesday warned of serious repercussions if Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong is proven to be a non-Filipino citizen. Gonzalez told reporters that he has submitted his recommendation to the President regarding the matter, which states that he was sustaining an earlier justice department opinion that declared Ong to be a natural [...]

Posted on May 22, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Justice System

Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong, who is hounded by questions on his citizenship, can kiss his Supreme Court appointment goodbye—even as the Judicial and Bar Council today deferred deliberating on his case.  During a closed-door meeting, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales said “concerns” were raised by some JBC members on possible repercussions of Ong’s appointment to the [...]

Posted on May 20, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Justice System

Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong, who is hounded by questions on his citizenship, can kiss his Supreme Court appointment goodbye—even as the Judicial and Bar Council today deferred deliberating on his case.  During a closed-door meeting, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales said “concerns” were raised by some JBC members on possible repercussions of Ong’s appointment to the [...]

Posted on May 20, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Justice System

Is newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Gregory Ong a natural-born citizen or not? This will be the issue taken up by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Monday, May 21, when it decides the fate of Ong.  Ong’s birth certificate [see Ong's birth certificate] shows that his father, Eugenio Ong Han Seng, was a [...]

Posted on May 18, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Justice System

Gregory Ong, newly appointed Supreme Court justice, may not be a natural born citizen, Newsbreak learned from legal sources privy to Ong's records. This means that Ong, who is at present associate justice of the Sandiganbayan, is not qualified to sit in the high court or even in the Sandiganbayan. The rules of the Judicial and [...]

Posted on May 17, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Justice System
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