ANG SALN ISSUE, QUO WARRANTO & BANTA SA JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE …SA MADALING SALITA

*I originally posted this on Facebook in response to a request.  I was asked to define Quo Warranto and explain its implications in the simplest possible terms. This was my reply. It has since been shared 4,786 times and has received over 3,000 comments and reactions. I suppose it struck a chord. I’m posting it

Dishonorable

FIVE JUSTICES WHO accused Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of various offenses in the House Justice Committee have, despite the repeated entreaties of the public, refused to inhibit themselves from the Quo Warranto action filed against her. Their names: Teresita de Castro, Noel Tijam, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Diosdado Peralta. CJ Sereno last week filed

Focus

REY UMALI wants us to believe that he has the goods. Comparing the Corona impeachment trial with his present case, he is “more than proud and confident” that he has “complete evidence” against CJ Meilou Sereno. He almost erupts with glee at it. How ungentlemanly. STRONG CASE? Still, if the House Committee on Justice has

“I Stand for Judicial Independence”

SOMETHING IS HAPPENING. There is a quiet resistance taking place, a stonewalling, a pushback against presumptuous power. Folks are standing up to a bully, and it feels good. MIDAS At some point on the evening of March 10, judges all over the country started posting this statement on their social media accounts: It is a

By Hook or by Crook

THE LATEST PLOY against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is creative and sounds impressive, but it is, in fact, absolutely witless. QUO WARRANTO Eligio Mallari, president of the group Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution, has requested Solicitor General Jose Calida to file quo warranto proceedings against the Chief Justice. He says it is the easiest

Chief

I MET HER for the first time on March 22, 2013, the day after my father died. She had come to pay her respects, and she did so without the fanfare that usually drapes celebrities. She sat in front and immediately engaged my mom and brother in conversation. I remember that she was dressed simply

Silence is NOT an Option

  ANOTHER PERSON WAS killed Monday night – a priest, 72 year-old Fr. Tito Paez, whose only fault, it seems, was to take up the cudgels for the marginalized. Authorities have been insisting that crime is down and the country is so safe now that it’s all right to take evening strolls. Well, the night wasn’t safe for

Junk the Junk

EARLY IN MONDAY’S proceedings, House Justice Committee chair Rey Umali took umbrage at Joshua Santiago and Aldwin Salumbides, CJ Maria Lourdes Sereno’s counsel and spokespersons, who at a weekend forum branded the committee sessions a “dog and pony show.” “If I may just enjoin the lawyers, please respect this impeachment committee lest we will be forced