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THE Supreme Court (SC) has junked a petition filed by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) seeking to annul and set aside two procedural orders both issued by the UNCITRAL Ad Hoc Arbitral Tribunal in arbitration proceedings between the department and the BCA International Corporation. In a full-court decision penned…

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The Supreme Court (SC) will vote on the case of Sen. Leila de Lima on October 10 to allow all the justices to submit their reflections and opinions on the lawmaker’s petition to nullify her arrest and dismiss the drug charges filed against her. A source told The Manila Times…

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The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to explain on a plea for the release of her psychiatric evaluation results. During Tuesday’s en banc deliberations, it gave Sereno five days to comment on the request filed by Lorenzo Gadon, a lawyer, for the release of such…

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The Department of Justice (DoJ) ordered the investigation of 13 members of the Caloocan City Police who brought along a minor on September 7 when they raided a house without a search warrant. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd said he ordered the DoJ Task Force on Child Protection to “thoroughly…

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THE Supreme Court has given its nod to the release of more documents in connection with the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the latest of which is her personal data sheet (PDS) and those of her staff. During deliberations of the full court or the en banc…

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THE HIGH court has voided four sections of an executive order (EO) by former president Benigno Aquino 3rd on the disbursement of coconut levy funds, ruling that Congress must first pass a law before the money is spent. In a 21-page decision written by Justice Jose Catral Mendoza and promulgated…

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THE Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed an administrative complaint filed by an engineer against three magistrates of the Court of Appeals (CA). In a full-court decision promulgated by clerk of court Felipa Anama, the SC junked for lack of merit engineer Ramil Morales’ complaint against Associate Justices Celia Librea-Leagogo, Amy…

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A SPECIAL division of the Sandiganbayan has voted 3-2 to allow jailed former senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada to post bail in connection with the plunder case filed against him for allegedly misusing P183 million in pork barrel funds, court sources told The Manila Times. A “blue draft” ruling, considered the…

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Formal complaints have been filed before the Department of Justice (DoJ) for the death of 19-year-old Carl Angelo Arnaiz and 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman. Facing two counts of murder and torture and planting of evidence, which is a violation under Section 29 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, were Police…

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JAILED former senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada is close to regaining his freedom, with magistrates at the Sandiganbayan deciding on whether bail could be granted in connection with a P183-million plunder case filed against the politician in connection with the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam. Estrada, who…

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