AL S. VITANGCOL 3RD

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I CHANCED upon a commentary of Virgilio P. Alconera, a trial lawyer for 32 years, promoting his book “Black Holes of Justice.” It is a sort of coincidence since I had set my sights on writing about the perceived “perverted” dispensation of justice by the Office of the Ombudsman. Just…

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THE House of Representatives, through the subcommittee on judicial reforms of the committee on justice, continued last November 22 its hearings on the restoration of the death penalty for certain heinous crimes. The subcommittee is chaired by Rep. Vicente Veloso, a former Commissioner of the National Labor Relations Commission and…

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[OpEd Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of “The cat is out of the bag: Fire DOTr undersecretaries and indict former DOTC-LTO officials.” Part 1 appeared yesterday.] Have you ever wondered why up to now we still don’t have the new car plates, although we have already paid for it?…

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‘IN our view, the doctrine of presidential immunity from suit cannot be used as a shield to block a case like this which is really one of historical and transcendental importance.”So says law school dean Jose Manuel Diokno. Diokno further said that President Rodrigo R. Dutertecannot be protected by his…

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The Asia CEO Awards held its annual awards night on October 18, 2016 at the Marriot Grand Ballroom. The said Asia CEO Awards, according to the organizers, “promotes leadership excellence and team-building within organizations, and displays Filipino business accomplishments to the world’s business leaders.” The Board of Judges of Asia…

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The Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation sent out invitations to the public to attend its public hearing scheduled on October 20, 2016. Eight proposed legislative measures are included in the agenda of the said public hearing. As an advocate of electoral reforms, particularly in the area of…

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House Bill No. 3731 was recently filed in the House of Representatives to amend Republic Act No. 8049, an “Act Regulating Hazing and Other Forms of Initiation Rites in Fraternities, Sororities, and Other Organizations and Providing Penalties Therefor.” The present Anti-Hazing law penalizes the officers, former officers, and alumni of…

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Black’s Law Dictionary defines sovereignty as “the supreme, absolute, and uncontrollable power by which any independent state is governed.” It is likewise “the paramount control of the Constitution and frame of government and its administration.” The 1987 Philippine Constitution, in Article II, Section 1 thereof, specifically states that, “Sovereignty resides…

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