Poe Versus COMELEC

The COMELEC did not disqualify Sen. Grace Poe to run for president in the May 2016 elections.  Let’s make no mistake about that. Certainly, the Commission does not have the power or authority to rule on matters relating to the qualifications of candidates for membership to the House of Representatives, the Senate, and for the Presidency and Vice-Presidency. Continue reading “Poe Versus COMELEC”

…And the truth shall set you free.

Looking back to the years that passed, what I can see clearly now is that it was utterly beyond the slightest of my expectations, much less the subject of the totality of my intents, that this oft spoken biblical passage could become the cornerstone in the manner by which I practice my profession.  After all, back in law school, the fundamental teaching revolved around the practice of “Law with a conscience”.  After graduation and the bar exams, at the law firm where I had my “baptism” and the valuable subsequent training in the legal profession, every partner and associate was expected to deliver “excellence in service” at the very least.  Continue reading “…And the truth shall set you free.”

Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Damned if you don’t, damned if you do. Such familiar phrases that define certain situations that leave a person the choice of taking either of two undesirable courses of action. Such situations mostly come as a result of earlier actions made without proper care of their outcome, or even of those deliberately planned but whose expected results are negated by some unforeseen or unavoidable intervening occurrences.  Continue reading “Between the devil and the deep blue sea”

The Right to Bail: A Different View

It is not uncommon to hear the ordinary folk, or even those who are versed in the field of law, saying that some crimes are non-bailable or classifying offenses as bailable and non-bailable. After all, the general if not the prevailing view appears to be that indeed there are offenses that their very nature foreclose the possibility of admission to bail, such that in actual practice where the Information [indictment] charges a capital offense or those punishable by reclusion perpetua or life imprisonment, the office of the public prosecutor does not recommend an amount of bail for the temporary liberty of the accused pending the final determination of his case.  Continue reading “The Right to Bail: A Different View”