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Justice Gregory Ong has been found guilty by association, arguably. Janet Napoles is bad news of course. I am happy I have no pix with her. This paper said the other day that the Supreme Court (SC) had “declared [him] a natural born citizen” when his citizenship was questioned. A…

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Martial law made me well-known enough via name recall to be elected senator in 1987 without having to spend a single centavo of my own. A grateful people rewarded me for human rights lawyering. Candidate Cory Aquino had made me her spokesperson during the 1985-86 snap polls; in February 25,…

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Justice Camilo D. Quiason gone, at 89. I can imagine the “D” stands for Decency or Delicadeza. Companero y Caballero. Also gone is Secretary Raul M. Gonzales. “M” for mapusok, matapang, ma-whatever. He was one of the few lawyers who openly resisted when martial law was proclaimed so we uhugins…

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JERRY Barican was a UP Law firebrand, one of the twenty-one 1978 Metro Manila Laban bets headed by Ninoy Aquino, in what campaign manager Senator Tanny Tanada called a “mad adventure” and, like Tanny, attended Harvard Law, if my memory is true. Jerry is reported to be in a bad…

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Augusts ago, Noynoy Aquino could have been a goner, thanks to a failed coup. Deus ex machina saw to it that he survived. The same explanation for his ascension to the presidency, after which Jojobama Binay, Alan Peter, Miriam, Bongbong, now lust after. Mom Cory passed away five Augusts ago…

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Goodbye Raul Ilustre Goco. I first met him in Dallas in the summer of 1967. We met some well-scrubbed All-American Yellow Roses of Texas – ain’t they purty! One of them howled when wife Marietta came. “Raowuuuul, I didn’t know you were married!!” Raul and Marietta (Tita) had traveled partly…

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I have been a student for years of the Judiciary Development Fund (JDF) which, legal eagle Lolong Lazaro told this legal cub, he assisted Mr. Marcos in crafting. Under Sec. 1 of Presidential Decree (P.D.) No. 1949 of July 1984, “The Fund shall be used to augment the allowances of…

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In a pawnshop case ACCRA Law and I fought in, both of us were frustrated when the Supreme Court (SC) refused to give us copies of certain rulings. Secret rulings! Josme! In the time of Marcos, secret decrees. So MABINI, with iconic Tanny Tanada and Abe Sarmiento, went to the…

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There will be a Mass for Tita Cory at 6:15 this evening in Rockwell. Death anniversary. Henerala Margie Juico texted. This foot soldier in the Yellow Army—am I privileged to be one—plans to go. Last week, Ricky Avanceña approached me in a resto (Kamameshi). Today is also the death anniversary…

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The Supreme Court (SC) continues to be secretive? A truthful assets statements cannot lead anyone to trouble. Yet, the SC has again denied a request of the BIR (no longer Bigay Ikaw Regalo under the leadership of Kim Henares, whose shame campaign I disfavor though) for assets statements, making SC…

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