Lucio Tan Gets Reprieve On Wealth Suit Under PNOY’s Watch!


Draw whatever conclusion you want, but the dismissal of the forfeiture proceedings against businessman tycoon Lucio Tan by the Sandiganbayan happened on President Benigno Simeon Aquino’s watch, thus damaging his ‘impact’ slogan of “Matuwid Na Daan.” Tan had survived  Corazon Aquino’s  (1986-1992) efforts to restore what had been stolen from the people by the Marcoses and his cronies where it…

Do We Have The Will To Put Ex-CJ Corona Behind Bars?


Recurring political images in the Philipines: ROLSON RODRIGUEZ, a barangay chairman of Sto. Domingo,  Binalbagan, Negros Occidental was found guilty of dishonesty and oppression.  He was dismissed from the service and stripped with all his retirement benefits and civil service eligibilities. DELSA M. FLORES, court interpreter of a regional trial court of Davao  received from the municipality of Panabo the…

The Chief Justice Wishes To Be Excused Hook Line And Sinker!


After almost 3 hours of ‘privileged speech’ CJ Corona wishes to be excused.  He does not need the permission of the presiding officer, Juan Ponce Enrile to do that, after all, he is the chief justice! Delivering his monologue, with curt admonitions from the Presiding Officer, Corona was transported into his own world of privileged,…

“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…

Honasan Talking About Bill Of Rights Makes Olalia Twisting In His Grave!


Watching Senator Gringo Honasan interpellating Secretary of Justice Lila De Lima during the impeachment trial of CJ Renato Corona yesterday about affording even a lowly citizen his constitutional rights to life, liberty and property as the very basis  of  the existence of any government gave me goose pimples.  Rolando Olalia must be twisting in  his grave! God Save The Queen…

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…