Supreme Court TRO Against the Senate Was Wrong!


Defense lawyer Serafin Cuevas, my venerable professor in civil procedure described the position of Senator Frank Drilon that the impeachment body was beyond the reach of the Supreme Court as “bankrupt” and without jurisprudential support.  He gloated over the Francisco v. House of Representatives  as an authority to the proposition that the Court has an oversight function…

CJ Corona Bent The Law To Discharge Megaworld’s P25.1 M Liability!


Megaworld vs. Judge Cobarde, et. al. G.R. No. 156200. March 31, 2004. FACTS:    In July 1995, Mar y Cielo Leisure Resort, Inc, owned by the Zamora family (MYC-Zamora for short) hired Matthew Jo and Ida Henares (to be referred hereinafter as Jo and Henares) to broker a joint venture between MYC-Zamora  and Megaworld to develop MYC-Zamora’s beach-front properties in Lapu-Lapu, Cebu City consisting…

It’s A Quicksand, Justice Cuevas!


It was not  only Atty.  Enriqueta Vidal, En Banc Clerk of Court of the Supreme Court who experienced great discomfort in  trying to protect Chief Justice Renato Corona while testifying on January 18, before the Senate. The defense team also  keeps turning and twirling   to  control the damage occasioned by the release of the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth…

Age Has Taken Over The Genius of Sen. Enrile!


Whatever goodwill Senator Juan Ponce Enrile had earned during the first day of the  impeachment proceedings totally evaporated today when he ruled that the  motions for “subpoena duces tecum and ad testificandum” filed by the prosecution against the family of Chief Justice Renato Corona are covered by “self-incrimination clause,” “marital and familial privilege” and therefore the Senate cannot issue the subpoenas.  …

Opening Statement Before The Senate Impeachment of Chief Justice Corona


Honorable Senators sitting as impeachment court, ladies and gentlemen in the galleries, citizens of the republic and friends. Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, and President of Pixar, in 2005, five years before he died said: “Don’t be trapped with dogma,  which is living with the results of others’ thinking.  Don’t let the noise of others’…

Rule of Law, Blackmail, All In The Eyes of The Beholder!


Where the Supreme Court exercises its duty under the constitution, it is called “rule of law” but when Congress exercises the same function in accord with the same constitution, it is called “the mother of all blackmails”. It was a politically charge atmosphere in the House yesterday and Congressman Edcel Lagman cannot hide his displeasure over the decision…