SC grants Enrile plea on bill of particulars over pork cases

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Supreme Court has granted a petition filed by Senator Juan Ponce Enrile to get a bill of particulars from the Sandiganbayan to enable him to properly plead and prepare for his graft and plunder trial. In a media briefing, SC Public Information Office...

PHL has ‘Plan B’ in case tribunal won’t hear case vs China

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippines has a “plan B” in case a United Nations arbitral tribunal will decide it does not have jurisdiction over the Philippines’ case to protect its sovereignty over islands in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). “We have a plan B, but we can’t...

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...

Binay wants Sereno, 2 other SC justices out of suspension trial

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Vice Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay has asked Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and two other Supreme Court justices to inhibit from hearing his petition contesting his six-month preventive suspension for the allegedly overpriced Makati Building II...

Why 3 SC magistrates inhibited in Binay case

MANILA, Apr 22 (Mabuhay) – Why did three Supreme Court magistrates voluntarily inhibit themselves from hearing the Ombudsman’s petition assailing the Court of Appeals decision to stop the preventive suspension order issued against Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr?...

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...

Briones: Congress can’t touch JDF

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Why focus on the Supreme Court’s Judiciary Development Fund? Former National Treasurer Leonor Briones raised this question Thursday, saying that lawmakers should scrutinize the management of the revenues of all agencies with fiscal autonomy. The JDF is sourced...

The Scarborough Shoal controversy: a personal connection

PART I My grandmother was born is Candelaria, Zambales (a town north of Masinloc where the disputed Bajo de Masinloc is located). Though my grandmother and her family (her husband was from Fookien, China) settled in the capital town of Iba, as I recall, we used to go up north and...