Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas 9th Year of Makeover


Nine years ago to this month,  the 9th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines decreed the death of the Central Bank created under RA 265 and resurrected it through Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas under  Republic Act 7653.  The demise of the old bank regulator was never explained by the proponents to the public – it was better…

I Will Cross Examine The Chief Justice!


During my active years in trial, I have a client who issued as payment for his rental a check without funds.  The apartment owner was the late Chief Justice Felix Makasiar. My client left the premises and would like to redeem his check by paying cash.  The late chief justice would want that aside from the…

Whom The Gods Wish To Destroy!


Not in my lifetime did I dream that  lead counsel Justice Serafin Cuevas could be this simpleton to commit the blunder of a neophyte trial lawyer — calling a witness he did not prep and ask her questions the answers of which he had not expected. Or perhaps, the veteran lawyer and jurist was misled by his…

“We Masquerade Our Dysfunction As A Quest For Due Process”


The Corona Dilemma I am writing a book about the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona because this historical political exercise effectively divides the nation between those who believe in the myth that there is nothing wrong with the judiciary and those who believe that there is something wrong with it and CJ Corona represents everything…

Last Clear Chance, My Foot! (Enough Senator Santiago, Please)


Last clear chance is a doctrine in torts law wherein a plaintiff can recover damages from defendant even if the plaintiff was the one negligent if he can show that the defendant had the last clear opportunity to avoid the accident. Example: Driver ‘A’ was drunk and was zigzagging on the road.  Driver ‘B’ was on the same…

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…