The Senate is higher than the Supreme Court

Thank goodness Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is back, albeit temporarily. Fault her for everything else but the senator certainly knows her law. Since the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona started, speculations have abounded on whether the Supreme Court will intervene and order its halt since there are at least seven petitions pending before it to […]

SALN

All public officers are required to file their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth on or before 30 April of every year. This is provided by RA No. 6713, otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. The rationale for the filing of the same is to […]
Philip Pestano

Revival of Pestano case made possible by Gutierrez ouster from Ombudsman – Roque

The re-opening of the Pestaño murder case  by the Ombudsman could not have happened had Merceditas Gutierrez remained at its helm, according to a lawyer for the parents of the slain Navy officer. “We have information that Merceditas Gutierrez already had a prepared draft  dismissing with finality the complaint filed by our clients against the […]
The Bellagio where CJ Corona has a unit

Can the Senate ever be a court?

Some of our senators have to be reminded that while the Constitution refers to the Senate as an “impeachment court” for purposes of impeachment, this does not change the fact that: one, it is still the Senate, one of two houses of the legislative branch of government; and two, its members remain to be members […]

ANWAR IBRAHIM ACQUITTED

Courtroom with Anwar ANWAR IBRAHIM ACQUITTED Ref: Prof. Harry Roque +639175398096 Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.  In a surprise decision, the Kuala Lampur High Court acquitted Anwar Ibrahim from charges of sodomy. The verdict read by the Judge was promulgated at 9:21 AM and was greeted with jubilee by a crowd of at least 20,000 that gathered at […]

Quick answers to Father Bernas

Last Monday, Fr. Joaquin Bernas posited questions for the Senate to answer in connection with the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona. Reading his questions closely, I realized that what he raised were, in reality, grounds why he believes the Senate should dismiss the Articles of Impeachment. It becomes imperative thus, for believers in the […]

UP lawyer to SC spokesman: Shut up and ship out

UP Law Professor and human rights lawyer Harry Roque assailed Supreme Court Administration and Spokesman Midas Marquez for acting as the personal spokesman of impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona. “Marquez has no business serving as the personal apologist of the embattled Chief Justice. He should be speaking for the entire Supreme Court, not just Corona, […]

TEXT OF HOUSE PROSECUTION’S REPLY TO CJ CORONA’S ANSWER

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES SENATE SITTING AS THE IMPEACHMENT COURT IN THE MATTER OF THE IMPEACHMENT OF RENATO C. CORONA AS CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE PHILIPPINES, REPRESENTATIVES NIEL C. TUPAS, JR., JOSEPH EMILIO A. ABAYA, LORENZO R. TAÑADA, III, REYNALDO V. UMALI, ARLENE J. BAG-AO (other complainants […]

DISMISSAL OF REBELLION CHARGES V AMPATUANS HAVE NO BEARING ON MURDER CHARGES

The Center for International Law and the Southeast Asia Media Defence Network , counsel for 15 victims of the Maguindanao massacre, stress that the recent dismissal of the rebellion charges against the Ampatuans have no impact on the 57 counts of pending multiple murder charges currently pending in Branch 221 of the Regional Trial Court. […]