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Posted by sunnex on June 7, 2012 at 04:37 am
True to their word, two other spokespersons of the impeachment prosecution team voluntarily released their 2011 statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) one week after the ouster of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
House Deputy Majority Leader Romero Frederico “Miro” Quimbo and Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara earlier hesitated to provide copies of their SALNs to media to avoid sidetracking the impeachment trial of the former chief magistrate. (Read more)
Posted by sunnex on June 7, 2012 at 02:01 am
The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) received Thursday nominations for a woman’s rights advocate, a state lawyer and a former law school dean, a day after formally opening nominations for the Chief Justice post.
The three nominees were lawyer Katrina Legarda, Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza and Cesar Villaneuva, dean emeritus of the Ateneo Law School. (Read more)
Posted by sunnex on June 6, 2012 at 04:39 am
THE House of Representatives held on Wednesday a victory party for the “unprecedented achievement” of its 11-man prosecution team during the impeachment trial of ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Before it adjourned sine die, the House adopted House Resolution (HR) 2463 commending the congressmen-prosecutors; HR 2462 for the 57 private prosecutors; and HR 2461 for the impeachment secretariat staff. (Read more)
Posted by sunnex on June 6, 2012 at 04:38 am
THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) formally opened Wednesday the nomination for the position of chief justice in the Supreme Court.
In its website, the JBC announced that its secretariat will receive applications or nominations until June 18, after which it will begin scheduling the public interview of aspirants to the top judicial post. (Read more)
Posted by sunnex on June 5, 2012 at 04:43 am
THE Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) is in favor of a proposed law in the House of Representatives that would expand the exceptions on the disclosure of dollar deposits.
A week after former Chief Justice Renato Corona was convicted by the impeachment tribunal, the House Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries discussed on Tuesday House bills amending Republic Act (RA) 6426 or the Foreign Currency Deposit Act. (Read more)
Posted by sunnex on June 5, 2012 at 04:42 am
FORMER Supreme Court spokesman Jose Midas Marquez turned down Tuesday calls for him to step down as court administrator, a position that he used to hold in a concurrent capacity during the aborted terms of ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona and retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno.
“Wala naman akong nakikita na rason para magbitiw (I find no reason to quit),” said Marquez on renewed calls made by the party-list group Akbayan. (Read more)
Posted by sunnex on June 5, 2012 at 04:41 am
A member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) defended Monday the constitutionality of its decision to require new applicants for the vacancy in the Supreme Court (SC) to submit a waiver of confidentiality on their bank deposits.
Lawyer Milagros Fernan-Cayosa, who represents the lawyers group Integrated Bar of the Philippines, said the decision to impose said additional requirement was unanimously approved by the members of the council for those aspiring for the lone vacancy in the High Court. (Read more)
Posted by sunnex on June 5, 2012 at 04:40 am
Malacanang said Tuesday that it will let Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares weigh their options with regard possible nominations to the chief justice post.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said both Cabinet officials are “qualified to be the next Chief Justice” but the decision will come from them and not from Malacanang. (Read more)
Posted by sunnex on June 4, 2012 at 04:45 am
THE House of Representatives should investigate reports of a “party-list accreditation for sale” scheme at the Commission on Elections (Comelec), two party-list lawmakers said, as the 2013 midterm elections near.
Bayan Muna party-list Representatives Neri Colmenares and Teddy Casino filed House Resolution 2472, urging the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms to probe reports of poll officials asking for bribe money in exchange for accrediting party-list groups. (Read more)
Posted by sunnex on June 4, 2012 at 04:44 am
Supreme Court employees hugged and cried before former Chief Justice Renato Corona as he cleared his desk on Monday, nearly a week after he was removed from office by the Senate impeachment court.
Corona, along with wife Cristina and daughter Carla, went to his spacious office in the Supreme Court’s second floor to pack his things. The Coronas stayed for at least three hours, busily receiving employees who brought T-shirts and photos of the magistrate for him to sign. (Read more)
Posted by sunnex on June 3, 2012 at 04:50 am
The lead public prosecutor in the impeachment trial of ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona said the government should continue to probe the former Supreme Court (SC) official despite his removal from office.
“The Ombudsman should continue the investigation using the evidence submitted by the prosecution to the Senate,” prosecutor and Representative Niel Tupas Jr. (Iloilo) said in a text message. (Read more)
Posted by sunnex on June 3, 2012 at 04:47 am
Former Chief Justice Renato Corona said Sunday he has no regrets making a stand for the cause of judicial independence and called for wider transparency in government service.
Corona, who was removed from his post Tuesday last week after the Senate impeachment court found him guilty of betraying the public trust and committing culpable violation for failing to truthfully declare his assets and net worth, said the quest for transparency does not end with his ouster. (Read more)
Posted by sunnex on June 3, 2012 at 04:46 am
SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago told President Benigno Aquino III to expect a backlash if he decides to appoint a political ally as replacement to deposed Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Santiago, who voted against Corona’s conviction last May 29, said Aquino will only prove his critics right that the end goal of removing the ex-magistrate was to sworn in a Palace-friendly candidate. (Read more)
Posted by sunnex on June 2, 2012 at 04:52 am
President Benigno Aquino III on Friday expressed readiness to break the tradition and appoint an outsider to the highest post in the judiciary.
“If I remember the Constitution correctly, it is stated there that the Judicial and Bar Council will give me a list and that’s where I will choose but there is no injunction there that limits it to current members of the Supreme Court,” Aquino said in an interview during the First River Summit in Iloilo City. (Read more)
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