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justice philippine style

general carlos garcia – philippine star photo

it’s been said that the truth shall make you free, but it doesn’t always hold water. history is flooded with instances where it failed miserably. back in the old days, it didn’t help former priest and philosopher giordano bruno. he wouldn’t go with the lie that the earth was flat as the church declared. as a result, the inquisition put him in jail and burned him at the stake and his tongue pierced with an iron spike for standing up for the truth.

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December 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm 4 comments

justice del castillo plagiarism case a done deal

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after all is said and done, justice del castillo will remain in his post and continue to serve until he retires. since the ethics committee of the supreme court has cleared him of any wrongdoing, the possibility that he’ll quit out delikadesa has become virtually nil.

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November 15, 2010 at 1:15 am 7 comments

sc plagiarism ruling reconsidered

Kaffee: I want the truth!
Col. Jessep: [shouts] You can’t handle the truth!
– From A Few Good Men

i’m thinking of reconsidering my initial reaction to the philippine supreme court’s ruling that absolved justice del castillo of plagiarism when he wrote his ponencia in the vinuya vs. romulo case (g.r. no 162230). voting 10-2, the justices dismissed the charge for lack of merit. they agreed with del castillo that there was no “malicious intent” in his failure to attribute sources.

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October 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm 9 comments

justice del castillo plagiarism case countdown

Updated: 10.24.2010
it could have been like a bodily function that could be dismissed simply with an “excuse me.” but denying it, trying to hide it underneath their black robes, and threatening those who didn’t cover their noses with contempt of court, has made it the loudest fart heard all over the world. you better believe it, the philippine supreme court stinks.

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October 3, 2010 at 1:34 am 6 comments

what’s the hold up?

justice mariano del castillo being sworn in by president gloria arroyo
philippine information agency photo

the ethics committee of the supreme court had asked two lawyers representing filipino comfort women during world war ii to respond to justice mariano del castillo’s denial that parts of his ruling on their case were plagiarized. they were given no more than five days to respond. that was three weeks ago. i’m almost certain the lawyers had complied in a timely manner. what’s the hold up? to date, the supreme court has yet to issue a resolution on this controversy, which has reached international status.

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August 23, 2010 at 11:09 am 15 comments

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