Winning Against Enemies of the Rule of Law

“It is time to bring this war against the law to its end, before everything ends.“ I greet the appointment of my fellow Ateneo Law School professor Alexander Gesmundo as the newest Chief Justice with cautious but real optimism. He inherits his predecessor’s twilight initiative to investigate the terrain of this brutish war against law …

First Among Equals

“I feel safer now with the appointment of Justice Alexander Gesmundo as chief justice.” The appointment by President Duterte of Justice Alexander Gesmundo as the country’s 27th Chief Justice (CJ) augurs well for the Supreme Court as well as for the country. His appointment comes as the Supreme Court is facing many challenges including the …

Universal Support for Justice Leonen

The impeachment complaint filed against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen is devoid of merit and should not be given due course. It is a direct attack on the independence and integrity of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and the whole Judiciary. While I have been critical of the impeachment cases against former Chief …

Justice Leonen and the Marcos-Robredo Case

Citing Associate Justice Marvic Leonen’s alleged well-documented bias against him and his family, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is asking the Supreme Court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to re-raffle his electoral protest case and for Leonen, to whom the case is assigned, to inhibit from the case. The rules for voluntary inhibition of judge or …