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…

“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…

The Danger of CJ Corona Acquittal!


Nothing much can be achieved in the impeachment of CJ Corona even if successful in the Senate except to sear in the public memory that a radical change in the leadership of the  Supreme Court, touted before as the “untouchable” branch of the government  is but a myth.  But surely, it will not alter the present dynamics…

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…

When The Crooks Invoke The Rule of Law!


During the reign of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (2001-2010), Senator Ping Lacson was charged with the murder of publicist Bubby Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito.  He cried ‘political vendetta.’  He elevated his case to the Court of Appeals up to the Supreme Court and won.  He called it the triumph of  ‘the rule of law.’ By some stroke…