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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

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

Members of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) said that from 39, the list of applicants to the post of Ombudsman is now down to 26.

Posted on May 23, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, Justice & Human Rights, Justice System

MANILA, Philippines – A family friend of former President Arroyo has declined his nomination for Ombudsman, opting instead to vie for a seat in the Supreme Court. Landphil president Rodolfo Robles declined his nomination to head the anti-graft body and said that he preferred to apply for either of the two seats to be vacated [...]

Posted on May 21, 2011   |   CATEGORY: The Judiciary

‘I’m independent,’ he says

Posted on May 20, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, Justice & Human Rights, Justice System, Politics, Sectors

JBC grills aspiring Supreme Court justices

Posted on May 19, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Health, Institutions, Justice & Human Rights, Justice System, Sectors, The Judiciary

The complaint charged the justices with violating article 206 of the Revised Penal Code for issuing an “unjust interlocutory order”

Posted on May 18, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Downloads, Institutions, Justice System, The Judiciary

Human rights lawyer Marlon Manuel is recommended for his solid track record

Posted on May 16, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, Justice System, Politics

Lawyer Ernesto “Jun” Francisco has admitted that he once played in a corrupt culture. As a former lawyer in one of the country’s biggest firms, he once bribed judges and saw prostitutes being “raffled off” to hearing officers.

Posted on May 13, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, Justice & Human Rights, Justice System, People, Politics, Profiles, Sectors
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