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SC urged to take action vs Poe’s new TV ad

The Supreme Court (SC) was asked to take “swift and appropriate action” against the new television advertisement of Sen. Grace Poe that “tends to rule in her favor” in the disqualification cases pending before the High Court. In a manifestation, former Sen. Francisco Tatad, one of the complainants against Poe in the Commission on Elections (Comelec), told the SC that “a swift and appropriate action” is necessary “to preserve the sanctity of the proceedings as well as promote the interest of justice." In the new 30-second Poe advertisement on television, four neighbors could be seen discussing the disqualification cases against the senator, with one of them, a woman who was insisting “Lola, kandidato pa rin po siya bilang presidente" (Grandmother, she is still a candidate for president). Her male neighbor, on the other …

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JBC names five nominees to SC post

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) named  five nominees to the Supreme Court (SC) post vacated by Justice Martin S. Villarama Jr. who retired optionally last Jan. 16. Justice Secretary Benjamin Caguioa, Court of Appeals (CA) Presiding Justice Andres Reyes, and CA Associate Justice Jose Reyes led the nominees with seven votes each. The other nominees are former Commission on Audit Chairperson Maria Gracia Pulito Tan with five votes and CA Associate Justice Apolinario Bruselas with four votes. The JBC was expected to submit to President Aquino yesterday its list of nominees. Under the Constitution, the President has 90 days from Jan. 16  to name his appointee. The appointees of the President in the SC are Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno, and Justices Bienvenido L. Reyes,  Estela M. Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen, and …

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Let Ombudsman not Senate probe Binay – law deans

Two legal luminaries describe as “obvious harassment and is politically motivated” the plan of the Senate to resume the investigations against Vice President Jejomar Binay. Former law school deans Amado Valdez and Pacifico Agabin, in separate interviews by justice and court reporters, said the plan to re-open the probe “could be related to the vice president’s resurgence in the preferential surveys for the 2016 polls.” Valdez expressed alarm over what he called the “sinister” motive and the timing of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s move to re-open the Senate probe on the alleged irregularities committed by Binay and members of his family. The former law school dean of the University of the East, Valdez said the Senate should leave the investigation to the Office of the Ombudsman, the prosecutor of erring government officials and …

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Justice Villarama retires today

Supreme Court (SC) Justice Martin S. Villarama Jr. officially retires today, three months ahead of his mandatory retirement on April 14, 2016 when he reaches the age of 70. Villarama decided to avail himself of optional retirement citing his “deteriorating health condition.” The SC and members of the judiciary held Villarama’s retirement ceremony last night at the historic landmark Manila Hotel. There are 16 aspirants to the post that would be vacated by Villarama. Justice Secretary Benjamin Caguioa and Solicitor General Florin Hilbay lead the aspirants who had been screened and interviewed publicly by the members of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), the constitutionally mandated office that accepts, screens, and nominates appointments to the judiciary. Under the Constitution, President Aquino has 90 days within which to appoint Villarama’s replacement from the nominees to be …

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SC Justice Villarama retires on Saturday

Supreme Court (SC) Justice Martin S. Villarama, Jr. officially retires on Saturday, January 16),which is three months ahead of his mandatory retirement on April 14, 2016 when he reaches the age of 70. Villarama decided to avail himself of optional retirement citing his “deteriorating health condition.” The SC and members of the judiciary held Villarama’s retirement ceremony last night at the historic landmark Manila Hotel. There are 16 aspirants to the post that would be vacated by Villarama. Justice Secretary Benjamin Caguioa and Solicitor General Florin Hilbay lead the aspirants who had been screened and interviewed publicly by the members of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), the constitutionally mandated office that accepts, screens, and nominates appointments to the judiciary. Under the Constitution, President Aquino has 90 days within which to appoint Villarama’s replacement from …

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SC upholds Comelec ruling to disqualify some poll bets

The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the ruling of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) which disqualified seven presidential aspirants as nuisance candidates and rejected the registration and accreditation of four party-`list groups in the 2016 elections. Dismissed by the SC during its full court session last Tuesday were the petitions against the Comelec filed by presidential candidates Rizalito David, Elly Pamatong, Juanita Trocenio, Ephraim Defino, Buenafe Briggs, Antonio Obiña and Luisito Falcon. Their certificates of candidacy (COCs) had been cancelled by the Comelec in separate decisions with a ruling that they are nuisance candidates for president. Quoting from the SC resolutions that dismissed the petitions filed by the seven candidates, Spokesman Theodore O. Te said:  “… petitions for Certiorari, Prohibition and/or Mandamus with applications for restraining order and/or injunction directed against various Resolutions …

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3 SC justices inhibit themselves from Poe’s case

Three Supreme Court (SC) justices who are members of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) – Antonio T. Carpio, Teresita J. Leonardo-de Castro, and Arturo D. Brion – have inhibited themselves from the case that challenged the tribunal’s ruling which declared Sen. Grace Poe a natural-born Filipino and qualified to be a member of the Senate. The three justices had earlier dissented from the SET’s majority ruling in favor of Poe.  Sen. Nancy Binay, also a member of SET, joined in their separate dissents. In a notice issued to the parties in the SET case, the three justices recused themselves “due to their prior participation in the SET.” Senator Poe, herself, had also asked the inhibition of Carpio, De Castro, and Brion from the two petitions she filed challenging her disqualification by the Commission …

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Three SET justices inhibit from Poe’s DQ case

Three Supreme Court (SC) justices who are members of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) – Antonio T. Carpio, Teresita J. Leonardo-de Castro, and Arturo D. Brion – have inhibited themselves from the case that challenged the tribunal’s ruling which declared Sen. Grace Poe a natural-born Filipino and qualified to be a member of the Senate. The three justices had earlier dissented from the SET’s majority ruling in favor of Poe. Sen. Nancy Binay, also a member of SET, joined in their separate dissents. In a notice issued to the parties in the SET case, the three justices recused themselves “due to their prior participation in the SET.” Senator Poe, herself, had also asked the inhibition of Carpio, De Castro, and Brion from the two the two petitions she filed challenging her disqualification by the …

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