Will Leila’s test case pass the grade?

SENATOR Leila de Lima has upped the ante on her public scuffle with President Rodrigo Duterte by bringing their issues before the Supreme Court (SC) and put to a test the presidential immunity from suits.

The senator herself said her planned move of filing a petition for writs of amparo and habeas data will put to a test the doctrine of the presidential immunity from suit, which under the provisions of the 1987 Constitution has no specific provisions.

The writ of amparo is a legal remedy “available to any person whose right to life, liberty and security is violated or…

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Senate extra judicial killings probe takes new twist

THE Senate’s investigation on extrajudicial killings and Davao Death Squad (DDS) has taken a life of its own with Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV possibly being subjected to a separate inquiry by their own peers.

This stemmed from what lead prober and chair of the committee on justice and human rights, Sen. Richard Gordon’s claims of ‘material concealment of information’ on self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato being charged in Davao of kidnapping for ransom of a certain Sali Makdum.

Matobato initially claimed that Makdum was alleged to have been kidnapped and killed, supposedly upon orders by President Rodrigo…

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And the winner is… Cayetano!

SENATOR Leila de Lima did not see it coming. 

She was enjoying the ride of being the chair of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, and she was getting a lot of media mileage both from local and international press because of her committee’s probe on extra-judicial killings relative to the anti-illegal drugs campaign of Duterte administration.

But the ride was short-lived. She failed to realize that even before the 17th Congress formally convened late July, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano had already been very vocal in expressing his aversion to her sitting as chair of the Senate…

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How do you solve a problem like Sen. Leila de Lima?

AS HER word war with President Rodrigo Duterte continues to drag on, the issues have spilled over, affecting even the affairs in the Senate and the senators themselves. 

The “ouster” of Sen. De Lima in the committee on justice and human rights came with the realization that not even some of her peers, especially those close political allies are willing to side with her or even defend her in her verbal tussle with the President.

The support system, so to speak of Sen. De Lima, appears to be lacking that they seemed to have been caught off guard by…

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Gordon, Grace Differ Views on DOTr Traffic Proposal

MALACANANG, in the event that the proposed emergency powers is granted, plans to infuse new railway systems across the country as part of efforts to finally address the transportation crisis.

Based on the list of sectoral projects submitted by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to the Senate public services committee for the emergency powers bill, plans include the existing lines of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) to Cavite in the south, Rizal in the east and Pampanga in the north, including the procurement of new train coaches.

Extension of the Philippine National Railway (PNR) commuter all the way to Cebu…

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