Representative Government Is At Peril At The Hands Of the Courts!


In the light of what I called the overreaching of the judiciary on purely executive terrain as the implementation of the Development Acceleration Program of the incumbent administration (DAP an economic/policy issue and not a judicial issue), I would like to share the summary of Coercing Virtue by Robert H. Bork printed on the dust jacket…

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…

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…

GMA and Her Obscence Constitutional Discourse!


Today, Friday, an arrest warrant was served on the former President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for electoral fraud, which is a non-bailable offense – while she was confined in a hospital in Taguig.  Two policemen were assigned to watch her ward and to monitor her visitors. Photo-op and fingerprinting, the police said, would be made when she is ready. If her…

The Ghost of UP Malcolm Hall!


Malcolm Hall houses  the UP College of Law in Diliman, Quezon City.  It was named after Justice George Malcolm of the colonial Supreme Court.  Though the college  was established in 1911 at UP Padre Faura,  it was only in 1948 where its facilities and its huge law library were transferred to its present site in UP Diliman Campus.…

TC Abolition, A Judicial Blackmail!


I cannot properly situate myself over the decision of the SCORP, declaring EO No. 1 creating the Truth Commission by President Aquino, unconstitutional, much that I would like to take side on the issue. Creating the TC headed by  EX-CJ  Hilario Davide, Jr., and retired Justice Romeo Callejo Jr. to investigate GMA, is like choosing…