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Sure win na! Calida sure SC will side with TRAIN

Solicitor General Jose Calida on Thursday (January 11) expressed confidence he could easily dismiss before the Supreme Court (SC) the petition seeking to nullify the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act…

Binay spox not credible? Trillanes not surprised

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV trolled Vice President Jejomar Binay's spokesman, lawyer Rico Quicho for his "unsurprising" lack of credibility. According to Trillanes, Quicho--who has been serving as Binay's political affairs mouthpiece…

Davide finds Bangsamoro gov’t constitutional

PEACE Council convernor, ex-Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Hilario Davide had good things to say about the envisioned Bangsamoro government under the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), noting that it's in tune with the 1987…

Amendments to BBL not yet final?

IT appears that the eight proposed amendments of the House Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) draft could still "soften" depending on the panel's final dialogue with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Ad Hoc…

Minority solons bat for hybrid polls in 2016

A hybrid voting system has become the chorus of House Minority members after the Supreme Court (SC) ruled against the continuance of the Commission on Election's (Comelec) "refurbishment" contract with Smartmatic-TIM. The P268-million…

Comelec reminded not to violate automation law

REVERTING to manual polls for May 2016 could spell trouble for Commission on Election (Comelec) officials, as they would be violating the Election Automation Law. “There should be no return to manual voting. Comelec should exert efforts…

Corruption in the judiciary a cancer?

HOUSE Justice Committee Chairman Rep. Neil Tupas of Iloilo acknowledged on Thursday the "prevalence" of corruption in the judiciary, particularly with regard to bribery. Tupas, in an interview over DZBB radio, went as far to say that the…

Corona ouster no impact on court corruption

SO much for mopping the judiciary clean of corruption with ex-Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona. Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali has expressed disappointment over the alleged presence of "bribeable" justices in the…

Lacierda nixes no-el scenario

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda allayed fears that there would be no elections in 2016. “Meron tayong 2016 elections. Nasa Saligang Batas po ‘yan,” Lacierda said at a press briefing on Tuesday, March 31. The Palace official…

Sereno says having poor judges is problematic

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno sought to justify the SC's allocation of a huge chunk of its budget to judges' salaries by saying they should be leading middle-class lives. At a business forum on Thursday, Sereno said it will be…

Jinggoy can’t get over SC rejection

Senator Jinggoy Estrada continues to believe the Ombudsman violated his rights by filing plunder and graft charges against him in connection with the pork barrel scam even if the Supreme Court thinks otherwise. Estrada’s camp on Tuesday…