Maria Lourdes Sereno

President Rodrigo Duterte and his generals.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte won the presidency hands down by 39% plurality and 16.6 million votes. His closest rival, Mar Roxas, got 23.4%, which is only 9.9 million votes. Not only did Duterte win the presidency, he also took control of the House of Representatives when a vast majority of congressmen from other parties – there were only three from Digong’s Read More …

Binay, Duterte, Poe, Roxas, and Santiago

PerryScope By Perry Diaz By the looks of it, the May 9, 2016 presidential election could turn out to be a hellishly contentious battle royale. With five major presidential candidates, the outcome of the elections is predictably unpredictable. Indeed, recent presidential preference surveys showed see-sawing and criss-crossing ratings among four of the five major candidates, to wit: Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe, Davao Read More …

Is Grace Poe P-Noy's "secret candidate"?

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With the 2016 campaign season officially starting on February 9, the “rumble” among the five major presidential candidates and their VP sidekicks has begun. And for the next 90 days of intense campaigning – and plotting – the race is pretty tight particularly among the top three contenders: Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe, and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Read More …

Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay

PerryScope By Perry Diaz First introduced into Philippine jurisprudence in 1959, the “doctrine of condonation” has become the elected officials’ “escape hatch” from potential administrative liability committed during a previous term. In other words, it’s a “not guilty” verdict sans judicial process, absolving the elected official from past administrative misconduct for as long as he gets re-elected to another term. The only exception to this Read More …

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 …

Noynoy-and money

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 …