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3 justices of the Supreme Court are expected to testify in the impeachment proceedings against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Lawyer Lorenzo Gadon has bared the witnesses and evidence he will tap to substantiate the impeachment complaint he filed against Sereno. Continue reading

AMEND

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez bats for judicial reform under  proposed amendments to the 1987 constitution. Addressing the Conference on Judicial Institution Building and Reforms, Alvarez said, “This task encompasses not just the legislative and the executive departments of government. By necessity, it includes the third co-equal branch, the dispenser of justice — the judiciary.“ Continue reading

PSYWAR

Opposition Congressman, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman claims President Duterte is merely engaged in psywar by raising the spectre of declaring a revolutionary government. “The oft-repeated threat to declare a revolutionary government is intended to intimidate Duterte’s political foes and stifle dissent.” Continue reading

REVIVED

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez renews his proposal to abolish the Court of Appeals.

In his opening message at the start of the two-day Conference on “Judicial Institution Building and Reforms” at the New World Hotel in Manila,  Alvarez said, “ For the sake of our people, let us consider simplifying the process. I propose that the Court of Appeals, unless it can speedily resolve cases brought to it and , in other words, unless it can be shown that is it facilitates rather than delays the speedy disposition of justice, be abolished.”

Instead, Alvarez wants the expansion of trial courts in proportion to our population. “Let us further invest in the specialization of these courts to resolve particular cases and the improved capacity of their judges and staff, through management training and further studies, to promptly render speedy and fair judgments. Also, only the cases as provided for in the Constitution should reach the Supreme Courts. It’s an insult to the highest court should it need to resolve B.P. 22 cases.” Continue reading