The fate of Philippine democracy is in the hands of the Senator Judges of the impeachment court

This is it. This is what some of us have been waiting for. No, it’s not really the much-anticipated appearance of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona in court. Okay, yes. We are going to be glued to the tube when he finally testifies, indeed. But at the back of our heads, the long wait […]

Separation of Powers: it really matters

In the course of the testimony of hostile witness Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, the senator-judges raised their concerns over what seemed to be excessive powers of the Ombudsman, should one take the entirety of her statements as the truth. If everything Morales said is true, then she can just snoop on other government officials’ vital information […]

AMLC – the new Philippine Constabulary: Impeachment Senator-Judges beware!

It’s the second day of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales’s “testimony” in the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. Bottom line still is the fact that no beginning cash balance to serve as a baseline to give meaning to the cash flows presented by Morales could be produced. Without a beginning balance, there is […]

Corona Impeachment: things the prosecutors wish the public would forget

The impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona is about to resume after a six-week break. Thanks to a few objective Senator Judges of the impeachment court who admonished the prosecution team for giving information that had not yet been introduced in court to the media, the prosecutors have been compelled to stay […]

The corrupt rich: Why people who are better off leaving stick around

Considering that even Panfilo Lacson, a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines, felt that he was better off running than subjecting himself to the whimsical world of the “justice” system of the Philippines, I wonder how dumb Jose Barredo needed to be to think he could play whistle-blower and come out a winner? Barredo, […]

Case studies of irrelevance: Drug mules and Ombudsman Merci Gutierrez

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Fact Sheet for the Philippines published in 2006, 16,000 Filipinos died violently in 2002. This means that in the five hours it took for a Philippine Government delegate to travel from Manila to Beijing to plead for the life of three Filipino drug mules sentenced to death […]