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SUPREME Court (SC) justices rebuked Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno for issuing a unilateral order asking Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to tap the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate members of the judiciary. The Manila Times learned that the justices discussed a press statement issued by Sereno’s office that…

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FORMER Iloilo congressman Augusto Syjuco Jr. on Monday asked the Supreme Court to declare the creation and implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional and illegal. In a petition for Prohibition, Mandamus and Certiorari, Syjuco urged the Court to order the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to freeze…

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Supporters and opponents of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) face off on Tuesday at the Supreme Court, and the public can follow their arguments through live streaming on the Internet. The Court en banc will hear the oral arguments starting at 2 p.m. Lawyers for President Benigno Aquino 3rd,…

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JAILED former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will stay locked up as the Sandiganbayan is expected to announce its decision denying her petition for bail. Arroyo, who has been under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, was charged with plunder over the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)…

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THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the filing of criminal charges against an official of the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) for making allegedly making false assertions in court, which deliberately withheld that it had obtained collateral for its loan to a local firm. In an 18-page resolution dated Sept.…

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THE Supreme Court has ordered the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to refund to Lucio Tan more than P355 million in taxes it collected from him in 2002. In a ruling penned by Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr., the Court’s third division ordered the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) to…

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TWO commuters from Bacoor, Cavite begged the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the implementation of the controversial Integrated Transport System, which paved way for the establishment of an integrated terminal in Parañaque City. The opening of the Southwest Interim Transport Terminal (SITT) in Uniwide Coastal Mall on August 6 has…

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Former Solicitor General and hardhitting lawyer Frank Chavez, who had been battling lymphoma since 2009, died of a stroke on Wednesday night at the age of 66. His wife, Jean, said Chavez had a bone-marrow transplant and had been confined at The Medical City hospital since July 1. Chavez was…

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THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the indictment of another Ampatuan clan member for the gruesome killing of 58 individuals, including 30 journalists, which took place in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao on November 23, 2009. In a 12-page decision promulgated on September 10, 2013 and penned by Associate Justice…

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THE Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Office of the Ombudsman to file graft charges against a ranking official of the Land Registration Authority (LRA) for tampering with 39 titles. In a decision penned by Associate Justice Jose Perez, the SC’s 2nd Division ordered the Ombudsman to file a complaint…

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