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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Recently, the Philippine presidential campaign has degenerated into name-calling with each candidate accusing the others of skullduggery, thievery, thuggery, and, worst… lying.   But strangely, nobody seems to mind if the candidate were a trickster, a thief or a thug. Perhaps it’s so common that it has become the norm rather than the exception to be one. But to accuse a candidate Read More …

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Source: The Daily Tribune WITH POSSIBLE HIGH COURT STRIKING DOWN DISBURSEMENT PROGRAM With the high probability of the Supreme Court declaring the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program as unconstitutional, presidential spokesmen yesterday claimed that President Aquino is now studying whether to continue the DAP in the coming years. Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang claimed that “it is ‘possible’ that there will be no more need for DAP Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz On September 21, 1972, then President Ferdinand E. Marcos declared a craftily designed – nay, conjured — martial law; thus began an authoritarian regime that lasted 14 years until it ended in an attempted coup d’etat that morphed into a successful “people power” revolution. Another coup d’etat that was promoted as a “people power” revolution ousted then President Joseph “Erap” Estrada Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz The Philippine Supreme Court, in a move that caught administration officials by surprise, issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) last September 10 stopping further releases of funds from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the President’s Social Fund (PSF). Also covered in the TRO are releases from the Malampaya Fund, which President Benigno Aquino III had used in projects that Read More …

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By Edu Punay The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio declared yesterday that the President has no power to abolish the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). Speaking during oral arguments on the constitutionality of PDAF, Carpio said the discretionary funds could only be abolished through a law passed by Congress or an SC ruling. “If there are anomalies, Read More …

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By AMITA LEGASPI GMA News (Updated 8:35 p.m.) Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Tuesday said the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) “on its face is unconstitutional” because the President cannot share the power to utilize public funds with the legislative branch. Carpio made the statement during the hearing for the oral arguments on the petitions questioning the constitutionality of PDAF, which is included 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 …

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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 …

By AMADO P. MACASAET MALAYA “Again it must be said that the Court voted on its best lights. But the voting shows the deep division in the Tribunal.” A President with a hardly changed high popularity rating in the middle of his term usually commands the respect of co-independent institutions like the Supreme Court. Apart from widening the poverty gap as a result of its Read More …