Palace leaves fate of proposed death penalty revival to Congress

MANILA, Dec 23 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Tuesday said it would let Congress decide on the fate of the proposed reinstatement of the death penalty in the country. President Rodrigo Duterte wants to restore the capital punishment in the Philippines but his plan would only be...

House approves Judiciary Independence Enhancing Act

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure banning the re-appointment of a regular member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) who has already served the full term. Rep. Niel C. Tupas, Jr. (5th District, Iloilo), chairperson of...

Little chance VP Binay will be impeached, House justice panel chair says

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Any plan to impeach Vice President Jejomar Binay has little chance of succeeding even if the House of Representatives is packed with administration allies, the chairman of the House Committee on Justice said on Tuesday. Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. said there’s...

Palace defends Congressmen who voted to junk Aquino impeach raps

MANILA (Mabuhay) – As far as Malacañang is concerned, congressmen did what they were supposed to do when they junked the impeachment complaints filed against President Benigno Aquino III. “Ang pasya ng komite ng Kamara ay batay sa paninindigan ng higit na nakararami na walang...

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...

Sereno skips House probe, questions timing

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno said the timing and context of the House probe into the Judiciary Development Fund (JDF) leaves a lot to be desired. In a letter addressed to House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Sereno justified her non-appearance at the House...