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EMOTIONS will be high when the proponents and opponents of the controversial Reproductive Health law face off today at the Supreme Court (SC). Former senators Aquilino Pimentel and Franciso Tatad are expected to spar when they present their stand on Republic Act 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health…

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The dissenting justices in the Supreme Court (SC) ruling on an election case claimed that the majority opinion of the high tribunal denied due process to former-Rep. Regina Ongsiako Reyes of Marinduque who was disqualified to run in the May 2013 polls. In the 21-page Dissenting Opinion of Associate Justice…

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SUPREME Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal Sereno’s latest statements of assets liabilities and networth (SALN) for the year 2012 still does not reflect her earnings or attorney’s fees from  the controversial Philippine International Air Terminals Co. (Piatco) case. The case stemmed from the construction of the third international terminal…

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POLL watchdog Automated Elections Systems (AES) Watch on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from spying on its critics using the agency’s P30 million intelligence fund. Members of the group claimed that the poll body has been gathering information on them, fearing that…

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THE Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday stopped the Sandiganbayan from issuing a decision on the plea-bargaining agreement between retired Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia and the Office of the Ombudsman. The High Court granted the petition of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to enjoin the Sandiganbayan from continuing with…

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THE Supreme Court has ruled with finality unseating a municipal mayor who won in the May 2010 polls in Lanao del Norte after the high tribunal found out that he is not qualified from running for any elective local position as he had dual citizenship during the filing of his…

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THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) postponed the voting on candidates for the top post at the Sandiganbayan. The council granted the request of Congress to wait for its official representative to the body. The JBC was scheduled to vote on the candidates for the new Sandiganbayan presiding justice yesterday.…

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CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal-Sereno had a small increase in her assets for the year 2012 as reflected in her statement of assets liabilities and net worth (SALN). Gleaned from the SALN of Sereno and the 14 Associate Justices of the Supreme Court (SC), Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo remains…

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THE Judicial an d Bar Council (JBC) will vote today for the top nominees for the next chief magistrate of the Sandiganbayan. The seven-man council led by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal-Sereno meets today to cast their votes for the successor of Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Francisco Villaruz who retired on…

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A lower court judge in Metro Manila is now in “hot water” after he has been charged before the Supreme Court (SC) for allegedly demanding from a litigant P10 million in exchange for a favorable ruling in a corporate rehabilitation case. The SC Office of Court Administrator, headed by lawyer…