Maria Lourdes Sereno

Supreme Court

POSTSCRIPT By Federico D. Pascual Jr. The Philippine Star  BIZARRE LOGIC: Malacañang’s legal logic is bizarre. It says that petitions for the Supreme Court to declare as unconstitutional the administration’s Disbursement Acceleration Program should be dismissed because DAP is being terminated anyway. The questioned deed, which is the use of DAP funds for agencies outside the Executive department, has been committed. The petitioners are not Read More …

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By Amado P. Macasaet Malaya ‘Her verbal lashing of the most senior of her peers does not tell much about her competence or ability to deal with members of her court.’  So far there have been two events that obviously prove the accuracy of the psychiatric tests conducted on Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno. According to the Jan. 8 issue of the Manila Times, the test Read More …

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By Jomar Canlas Manila Times Big trouble could be brewing at the Supreme Court after its most senior member, Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, got a scolding from Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno during debates on the petition questioning the legality of the cybercrime law. An unimpeachable source of Manila Times said Sereno shouted at Carpio during the Court’s last en banc deliberations in December. The source Read More …

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By Nestor Mata Malaya SOON after the Supreme Court justices voted unanimously to declare the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or congressional lump sum appropriations as unconstitutional, many in legal, political, media, congressional, and judicial circles wondered whether all those same magistrates would strike down the Development Acceleration Fund (DAF) or presidential lump sum funds also as illegal. And in such an event, would this Read More …

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By RIGOBERTO TIGLAO The Manila Times There is only one explanation for President Aquino’s unexpected prime-time speech the other night that just repeated the lies he has said over his Disbursement Acceleration Plan, a scheme through which he hijacked government funds, and used at this whim. Mr. Aquino has become desperate that the Supreme Court will be ruling his DAP as patently unconstitutional before the Read More …

Come out, CJ urges whistle-blowers

By Edu Punay The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno has called on whistle-blowers to come forward to bolster allegations that the judiciary has its own version of Janet Lim-Napoles. In a recent speech before the Philippine Bar Association, Sereno had appealed to lawyers to help in identifying and gathering evidence against “scalawags in purple robes and the unscrupulous members of Read More …

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By AMADO P. MACASAET MALAYA ‘A Chief Justice who has so far remained in the minority appears to have lost the capability to influence the Court towards her own mind in interpreting the law.’ Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno seems to have produced enough evidence that she cannot lead the Court. It is not the fact that her adversaries, Associate Justice Teresita de Read More …

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TRO reversal benefits 2 party lists By EVANGELINE DE VERA MALAYA THE Supreme Court yesterday issued a status quo ante order (SQAO) on the disqualification of a senior citizens party list in effect reversing the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno last May 29. During a special en banc session, the high court stopped the Comelec from implementing its May Read More …

Sereno and De Castro

By Mark Merueñas GMA News After accusing Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of omitting a recommendation she made in the case of a party-list group, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro has written Sereno once again, this time accusing her of “inaction.” In her latest letter, De Castro belied Sereno’s claim that she did not include a draft temporary restraining order (TRO) — which is standard Read More …

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By AMADO P. MACASAET MALAYA ‘The Court sits tight, comforted or shielded by the belief that it is right even when it is wrong.’ An accepted truism is that the Supreme Court is right even when it is wrong. Its final and executory decision entered in the Book of Judgment is part of the law of the land no matter who benefits, no matter who Read More …