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Why had the Secretary of Justice not advised, or even instructed, the NBI to no longer look into Webb et al. because they were no longer legitimate targets of any criminal investigation for the same offense as they were now protected by the guarantee against double jeopardy?

Posted on June 30, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Justice & Human Rights, Theodore Te, Voices

The Garcia plea bargain deal poisons the entire truth-finding process set up by the most transparency-obsessed Constitution we have ever had. The deal is a cyanide pill to finding out who robbed our soldiers blind.

Posted on May 11, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Justice & Human Rights, Politics, Sectors, Theodore Te, Voices

The next Ombudsman and the next two appointments to the SC must not only meet the constitutional qualifications for the office but must also address the perception that they are not beholden to the President.

Posted on May 1, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Theodore Te, Voices

Far from being benign, the Ligot incident could throw a spanner in the works

Posted on March 21, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Congress, Defense & Security, Politics, Theodore Te, Voices

The 1987 Constitution provides for the qualifications for Ombudsman Thus, we know who can be appointed, because the Constitution, the law and the rules, tell us the qualifications for Ombudsman, but we do not know who should be appointed because they do not tell us the qualities of an Ombudsman.

Posted on March 8, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Theodore Te, Voices

Considering its nature, it should be rare for the Court to speak not to bind but simply to settle a dispute “for that occasion” or pro hac vice.

Posted on March 1, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Theodore Te, Voices

There is a great significance to the phrase “one Supreme Court” because the obvious intention of the framers of the Constitution is that the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of what the Constitution is.

Posted on February 22, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, Justice System, The Judiciary, Theodore Te, Voices

The power to appoint carries with it the power to disappoint. Many of the people appointed by the President in his less than one year in office have proven this naughty quip to be true.

Posted on February 11, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Theodore Te, Voices

Listening to Heidi Mendoza heroically tell the truth led me to reflect on what many people take for granted: the process of truth telling.

Posted on February 3, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Theodore Te, Voices

Confessions are good for the soul. In law, however, such unburdenings take on different meanings and bring about graver consequences.

Posted on January 27, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Theodore Te, Voices

Lauro Vizconde may still go after the two remaining accused who are at large or he may choose to make the six acquitted accountable through another avenue — enforcement of civil liability.

Posted on January 20, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Theodore Te, Voices
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