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...

Ex-poll chief urges Comelec not to appeal SC ruling on PCOS repair deal

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Instead of appealing the decision of the Supreme Court, former elections chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Wednesday urged the poll body to look for another company that will repair the 81,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines that will be used in the...

Justice for sale?

If Senator Antonio Trillanes’ exposé is true that some cases in the Court of Appeals are being decided not on merits but on how much a person facing a lawsuit is willing to pay a judge to get a favorable ruling is both alarming and despicable. In response, the Integrated...

IBP asks SC to void Comelec-Smartmatic PCOS repair deal

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has asked the Supreme Court to void the agreement between the Commission on Elections and the Smartmatic-TIM for the refurbishment and repair of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to be used in the 2016...

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...

SC stops QC from selling UP property in tax row

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Quezon City government cannot just yet auction off the UP-Ayala Technohub property to cover the university’s P117 million in real estate tax deficiency. The Supreme Court Second Division, through Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, issued a temporary...

PNoy’s ‘siege on judiciary’ is ‘threat to democracy,’ legal alliance says

MANILA (Mabuhay) — An alliance of lawyers, law students and judicial independence advocates on Friday called for a stop on what they labeled as the administration’s “siege on the judiciary,” describing President Benigno Aquino III’s recent actions...

Lawyers’ group to Aquino: Remember Cory, forget Cha-cha

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Integrated Bar of the Philippines on Monday said President Benigno Aquino III’s desire to amend the 1987 Constitution casts doubts on whether he is still fit to govern the country. “To cite the purported need to amend because he lost in the Disbursement...

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...

New poll commissioner Lim: My appointment is not a prize

MANILA (Mabuhay) – New poll commissioner Arthur Lim on Monday dismissed insinuations that his appointment is a reward for his role in the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012. “I don’t think it’s a prize but an opportunity to serve,” Lim told reporters...