In a ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) en banc written by Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco Jr. dated Nov. 27, 2012 and with a vote of eight justices and six inhibitions, the SC denied the petition of Cojuangco questioning the ruling of the Sandiganbayan in July 2003 which declared that the subject shares as part of assets were illegally acquired from coconut levy funds.
The controversial coco levy fund came from taxes imposed on coconut farmers during the Martial Law regime by alleged cronies of the former dictator President Ferdinand Marcos.
The decision of the Supreme Court (SC), stopping the screening in movie houses and the showing in television of the controversial film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ in the Philippines is a welcome development.
Setting up an e-library and digitization of the Philippine Supreme Court documents are welcome developments for the judiciary to make it more responsive and efficient in meeting the challenge of the changing times now that the technology of the internet is at hand.
The appointment of Maria Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice of Supreme Court by President P-Noy formally replaces former Chief Justice Renato C. Corona who who was ousted through impeachment in May this year.
Julian Assange has lost his appeal at the UK Supreme Court against extradition to Sweden to face accusations of sex offenses.
Lawmakers at the House of Representatives obtained the required number under the rules on impeachment, which is one-third of the total number of lawmakers needed to send the impeachment complaint to the Senate.