SolGen asks SC to reverse decision favoring foreign contractors

MANILA, Oct 5 (Mabuhay) — The Office of the Solicitor General is asking the Supreme Court to reverse its decision that allows foreign construction firms to secure regular Philippine licenses. In a 29-page motion for reconsideration, the OSG argued that limitations on...

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...

Palace defends hiring of foreign lawyers for PHL arbitration case vs. China

MANILA, July 8 (Mabuhay) — Can foreign lawyers competently defend the Philippines’ arbitration case challenging China’s massive claim on resource-rich parts of the South China Sea? Malacañang on Wednesday vouched for the competence of lawyers from the United States and the...

PHL to send top govt officials to start of arbitration proceedings vs. China

MANILA, July 3 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines will send its top government officials to the Netherlands for the start of the oral arguments of its arbitration case against China aimed at settling the territorial dispute over parts of the South China Sea. At a press briefing on...

SolGen prioritizes sea row over condo dispute

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Solicitor General Florin Hilbay has asked the Supreme Court to push back the oral arguments on Torre de Manila since he is busy preparing for a “more crucial” hearing in the Netherlands to defend the Philippine claim over the South China Sea. The Supreme Court...

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?...

SC unanimously junks Tubbataha plea

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed a petition seeking the issuance of a writ of kalikasan over the grounding of a US Navy minesweeper in the Tubbataha Reef in January 2013. SC Public Information Office chief and spokesman Theodore Te said the...

De Lima welcomes appointment of UP Law Prof Hilbay as acting SolGen

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday welcomed the appointment of University of the Philippines College of Law professor Atty. Florin Hilbay as acting Solicitor General. Hilbay is competent for the position, de Lima told reporters on the sidelines of the...

Sandigan ruling on Bolante shocks ex-senator

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A former senator is shocked that the Sandiganbayan Second Division did not find probable cause to charge former agriculture officials with plunder over the P723 million fertilizer fund scam. Former Senator Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay Jr. said he was shocked to learn...

Palace: Govt prepared to defend EDCA from latest suit

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Malacañang said Saturday the government is prepared to defend the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), after a third suit questioning the controversial mutual defense pact was lodged before the Supreme Court Friday. While presidential spokesman...