SC junks plea vs. BBL, calls it premature

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition seeking to declare as unconstitutional the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which is currently still being deliberated in Congress. In a full court session, the magistrates said the petition, filed by Rolando...

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...

Bishop to Aquino: Consider letting Congress in next admin tackle BBL passage

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III may have to consider letting the next administration push for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law in Congress, a Catholic bishop said Friday. Cotabato Auxiliary Bishop Jose Collin Bagaforo said it is better to...

Group asks Supreme Court to void Bangsamoro deals

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) on Friday asked the Supreme Court to declare as unconstitutional the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Areement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). In a 26-page petition, Philconsa,...

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...

Torre de Manila construction stopped

MANILA (Mabuhay) – THE Supreme Court has issued a restraining order against the construction of the 46-story Torre de Manila. Petitioner Knights of Rizal said the construction mars the view of the Rizal Monument in Luneta. In its petition, they said when Torre de Manila reaches...

Travels to PHL using US passport could affect Poe’s qualification for 2016 polls – law experts

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Traveling to the Philippines reportedly 21 times using her US passport as late as 2009 could hurt Senator Grace Poe’s chances of  qualifying to run for higher office next year. Former University of the East law dean Amado Valdez said Poe’s use of a US passport...

Sandiganbayan chief admits low disposition of cases in 2014 due to ‘pork’ cases

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang on Thursday admitted that hearing cases related to the pork barrel scam took its toll last year on the disposition of other cases pending before the anti-graft court. In a chance interview at the sidelines of...

SC justices’ SALNs out online in the coming days – spokesman

MANILA (Mabuhay) – For the first time in its history, the Supreme Court will make the Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) of its 15 magistrates available online. SC Public Information Office chief and spokesman Theodore Te on Thursday said summaries of the...

13 senators say EDCA invalid without Senate concurrence

MANILA, June 11 (Mabuhay) — Thirteen senators have insisted that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States is invalid and ineffective unless submitted to the Senate for its concurrence. In a resolution set to be filed...