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June 30, 1991 The night of the murders. Estrellita Vizconde, 47, and her daughters Carmela, 18, and Jennifer, 7, are murdered in their residence at Vinzons Street, BF Homes Subdivision, Parañaque City. Estrellita sustain 13 stab wounds while her daughters Carmela and Jennifer suffered 17 and 19 stab wounds, respectively. There are indications that Carmela [...]

Posted on December 14, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, Justice & Human Rights, Justice System, The Judiciary, Timeline

The high court found that the prosecution was not able to find the accused “guilty beyond reasonable doubt”

Posted on December 14, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Justice System, The Judiciary

Manila, Philippines – President Aquino on Friday, December 10, announced that he will order the justice department to withdraw cases filed against the Morong 43. “We recognize that their right to due process was violated,” Aquino said at an event held in Malacanang Palace to commemorate Human Rights day. Aquino also revealed that he has [...]

Posted on December 10, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Justice & Human Rights, Justice System, Politics, The Presidency

The decision bars any investigation of Arroyo and her officials by the Aquino administration.

Posted on December 7, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, The Judiciary, The Presidency

Without doubt, the ongoing hearings on the Maguindanao 57, which includes 32 journalists and media workers, are of great public interest. How this will be resolved will say much about the new administration’s quest to right past wrongs.

Posted on November 22, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Institutions, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug, Media, Sectors, The Judiciary

I rise today on a question of personal and collective to bring to your attention an issue of dishonesty that haunts the highest court of the land. I wish to bring this concern to your attention not to pose an academic issue but to make a warning – unless the Supreme Court corrects itself on this issue, it will make dishonesty part of our public policy.

Posted on November 16, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Institutions, The Judiciary

Today, the Supreme Court justices resume their sessions after a two-week recess. It will be hard, though, for most of them to go about doing their business as usual. Something they did violated basic values of honesty and integrity — values they’re supposed to stand for.

Posted on November 15, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Institutions, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug, The Judiciary

Justice Mariano del Castillo, who’s accused of plagiarizing foreign legal experts in at least two of his poncencias, was named to the Supreme Court accompanied by controversy as well. Although his record at the Court of Appeals was rather impressive–zero backlog in cases, and only three out of more than 200 ponencias reversed by SC–he was widely believed to have been appointed because of his close ties with then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Posted on October 29, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, The Judiciary

The big fuss over the plagiarism issue is not about debasement or persecution of the courts. Rather, it is about watching over the excesses and lapses of justices who, on account of their decisions, can either help fashion new beginnings or simply shatter lives.

Posted on October 29, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Chay Florentino-Hofileña, Institutions, The Judiciary

Cluelessly oblivious to the gathering storm brewing around its “show cause” order to 37 UP law professors, the Philippine Supreme Court (SC) is still insisting they appear at a hearing to explain why they should not be sanctioned for criticizing the Court’s decision clearing a colleague of plagiarism charges.

Posted on October 28, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Institutions, The Judiciary

A former law professor at the Ateneo de Manila Law School who placed 4th in the 2002 bar exams was the legal researcher who drafted the controversial Supreme Court decision that is now at the center of a plagiarism scandal that has damaged the credibility and integrity of the high court.

Posted on October 27, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, The Judiciary
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