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THE Court of Appeals (CA) has refused to issue an injunction order in favor retired Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban who was ordered arrested in view of a libel charge filed against him. As such, the appellate court has given the go-signal for the former chief justice to be arraigned and…

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THE Supreme Court (SC) has turned down a petition filed by a bankers group and a businessman that questioned the money ban ordered by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) during the national and local elections in May. In a decision penned by Senior Associate Justice Arturo Brion, the Court en…

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THE University of the Philippines (UP) has clarified that the professional lecturers of the university from the judiciary are not regular employees. In a letter addressed to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Dean Danilo Concepcion of the UP College of Law reiterated their request to allow judiciary members to teach…

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THE Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) threatened to file charges against owners of firecracker factories who hire children. The IACAT called on local government units (LGUs), particularly barangays, to adopt measures to make sure that no children will be used as laborers in the hazardous manufacturing of firecrackers. According to…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed 10 new judges in courts in different provinces. In a one-page transmittal letter of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno dated November 27, 2013, but released just recently, new judges have been assigned to Catanduanes, Benguet, Baguio, La Union, Ilocos…

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THE Supreme Court (SC) ordered the government to lodge its explanation to the petition filed by a co-accused of former President and now Rep. Gloria Arroyo of Pampanga in connection with the plunder case pending at the Sandiganbayan. In an en banc Court resolution dated November 26 released to the…

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THE Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed an electrician addicted to drugs. The High Court found Reynard Castor, Electrician II of the Maintenance Division liable for grave misconduct because of his use of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), a prohibited drug. “[T]he court orders his dismissal from the service with forfeiture of all…

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JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima allegedly lobbied for her chief-of-staff in order to get the nod from her fellow members of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for the Court of Appeals (CA) justice portfolio. Instead of inhibiting herself from the voting, de Lima even went to the extent of…

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THE Court of Appeals (CA) stood path with its ruling on the legality of the closure of Banco Filipino Savings Mortgage Bank in 2011. In a three-page resolution written by Associate Justice Noel Tijam, the CA’s Former Special Seventh Division found no reversible error in their November 23, 2012, amended…

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THE Supreme Court (SC) ordered the executive department to lodge their explanation on the petition seeking to stop the implementation of the controversial Integrated Transport System, which paved way for the establishment of an integrated terminal in Parañaque City. The Court en banc refused to issue a temporary restraining order…

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