AL S. VITANGCOL 3RD

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IN a sudden twist of events, the junked impeachment complaint against Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista suddenly breathed life on Wednesday. The House plenary reversed the decision of the committee on justice and will be sending soon the articles of impeachment to the Senate. I wrote almost a…

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THE House of Representatives’ committee on justice has deemed the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, filed by lawyer Lorenzo Gadon, as “sufficient in form and substance”. But the same committee junked a second impeachment complaint against Sereno filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) for…

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THE preamble to our 1987 Constitution begins with the phrase, “We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God…” This preamble sets the guiding purpose and principles of the Constitution and clearly states the source from which the supreme law derives its authority and power. It is a…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte during the oath-taking of new presidential appointees in Malacañang on Tuesday, castigated Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for her perceived mastery of “selective justice”. The President was direct to the point when he emphatically said, “no less than the Office of the Ombudsman, which is supposedly the embodiment of…

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LDB, NBI, AMLC hide under cloak of bank secrecy law THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) defended its budget of P16.15 billion for the year 2018 before the House of Representatives on Thursday. On the other hand, the Senate committee on banks, financial institutions and urrencies conducted a hearing on Wednesday…

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PATRICIA Bautista continued this week her exposé on the unexplained wealth of Commission on Elec-tions (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista. She alleged that her husband received P500,000 from the Divina Law Office as referral fee for Divina’s client, Smartmatic International. Smartmatic’s hold on Comelec Smartmatic, in joint venture with Total Information…

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THE National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), Automated Elections System Watch (AES Watch), the Philippine Computer Society (PCS), and other election watchdogs have been assailing the accuracy, reliability, and dependability of Smartmatic-supplied election equipment for the longest time. These groups have questioned the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines when…

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