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Binay prevails

Kudos to Makati City Mayor Jun-Jun Binay for winning his legal battle against DILG’s Mar Roxas and the Office of the Ombudsman. Just last Monday, the Court of Appeals made permanent its earlier temporary restraining order which seeks to maintain the status quo. This time, the Appeals Court clarified that the status quo meant the […]

Criminal liability for DAP

This is one of our biggest wins. On Tuesday, the Court voting almost unanimously (because J. Teresita De Castro took no part) declared all the features of DAP which we impugned as being unconstitutional as illegal. Specifically, newspapers reported Budget Circular 541 issued by the Department of Budget and Management allowing it to withdraw “unobligated […]

Joint Supplemental Request for Investigation and Complaint-Affidavit vs. COMELEC filed at the Ombudsman today

Text of the  Joint Supplemental Request for Investigation and Complaint-Affidavit   filed at the Office of the Ombudsman today, June 18, 2013, by individual members of the Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch) against the incumbent Commissioners of the COMELEC  for their failure to protect the sanctity of the ballot in the conduct of the May 13, 2013 elections. […]

The $10 million question

At long last, the die is cast. After repeatedly saying that Chief Justice Renato Corona need not take the witness stand in the impeachment trial against him, his counsel, out of the blue, assured the Senate that the CJ will take the witness stand. The promise though appeared to have a condition: that is, that […]

Battle Royale

Impeachment is once again controversial. In an unprecedented move, the House Committee on Justice lead by its Chairman, Rep. Neil Tupas Jr., voted overwhelmingly to defy a status quo order ordered by the Supreme Court on the impeachment complaint filed against the Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez. At issue is whether a second impeachment complaint by the […]

Revisiting the Ombudsman Law

That former police officer Rolando Mendoza complained about the inefficiency of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez highlights the need for Congress to re-examine the Ombudsman as an institution created by the Constitution and by law. While it is the 1987 Constitution that first created the Office of the Ombudsman, it is a mere law that gave the […]

OMBUDSMAN’S HALF-BAKED INVESTIGATION OF THE FERTILIZER SCAM

Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez proves anew her loyalty to the Arroyo’s. As if on queue with the homecoming of Cito Lorenzo, she filed charges for mere malversation of funds against Bolante and Lorenzo instead of Plunder in connection with the Fertlizer Fund Scam. The charge does matter. Malversation is bailable, while plunder is not. Moreover, despite […]