Ampatuan massacre trial hearings to finish by year-end: top judge

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – Trial hearings of defendants accused of the massacre of 58 people in the Philippines will finish by the end of the year, the country’s chief justice vowed Thursday. Prosecution and defense lawyers will finish presenting evidence by the end of 2015,...

CJ Sereno: Jardeleza’s ‘shark, bullies’ jab not important enough for comment

MANILA, July 2 (Mabuhay) – For Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, criticisms hurled against her by Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza during a speech at the University of the Philippines (UP) last Monday are not important enough to warrant a comment from her. Sereno was...

Aquino picks QC judge as new CA justice

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino has appointed a Quezon City judge as the newest associate justice of the Court of Appeals to fill up the post vacated by Court of Appeals Associate Justice Amelita Tolentino. According to the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes...

Sereno: Sacked Sandiganbayan justice appealed his dismissal

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Thursday confirmed that sacked Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong has appealed his dismissal over his supposed links with alleged pork barrel fund scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. At a forum organized by the...

PHL pushes to clear massive court backlog

MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines is overhauling its notoriously slow judicial system to speed up the resolution of cases from years to mere days, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said Thursday. Sereno said she would hire more trial court judges, hasten legal procedures and press...

Aquino, VP Binay’s approval ratings drop – Pulse Asia

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Although they continue to enjoy the approval of majority of Filipinos, President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay suffered drops in their approval ratings in the third quarter of 2014, according to a survey by Pulse Asia. Binay particularly...

CJ Sereno not hospitalized, has no heart problems

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Contrary to a newspaper report, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was not hospitalized nor does she have any heart problems. On Tuesday, Sereno’s chief of staff Ma. Lourdes Oliveros denied a Manila Times report claiming the chief justice had...

And the richest SC magistrate is…

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo remains to be the richest Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice, and Associate Justice Marvic Leonen the poorest, as of December 31, 2013, based on the latest Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) of the...

Tupas takes ice bucket challenge, nominates Sereno, Jardeleza, Drilon

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Taking Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s challenge, Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas on Thursday became the latest Philippine government official to take the widely popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Seated on a monobloc chair at the parking area of the Southwing Annex of...

Aquino names SolGen Jardeleza to SC

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III has appointed Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Secretary Herminio Coloma, head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, said the appointment was transmitted to the Supreme...
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