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SC nomination should not be used as trap for judicial independence January 23, 2007

Posted by s511 in Political Crisis, The Judiciary.
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January 23, 2007

Akbayan Rep. Etta Rosales today expressed fears that the Supreme Court vacancy could be used to sway suppossedly independent judicial courts such as the Sandiganbayan towards decisions favorable to cronies or for political concessions.

“The presence of Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro and Court of Appeals justices is otherwise acceptable,” said Rosales, “but in the context of the times when courts like the Sandiganbayan is deciding on so many controversial cases such as the coco levy case, Eraps’ plunder case, etc., we hope that such nominations do not undermine the independence of these bodies.”

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Manifestation on the Lingering case of Rep. Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran November 20, 2006

Posted by s511 in Human Rights, left killings, Political Crisis, Press Releases.
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November 14, 2006
Mr. speaker I would like to rise on a matter relating to the continued detention of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran. It has been months since Ka Bel was arrested in the wake of the supposed February 24 botched coup attempt and the subsequent declaration of a State of National Emergency.

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On reported bribery of CBCP July 14, 2006

Posted by s511 in graft and corruption, Political Crisis, Press Statements.
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The reported bribery of bishops, followed by a dinner reward by MalacaƱang that took place before, during and after the two-day conference of the bishops is not only an embarassment to ourselves as a people but equally so to the international community.

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On the CBCP statement regarding the impeachment complaint July 12, 2006

Posted by s511 in Political Crisis, Press Statements.
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PRESS STATEMENT ON THE CBCP STATEMENT:
12 July 2006

On 28 June, Bishop Deogracias Yniguez filed an impeachment complaint against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. In behalf of Akbayan, my party, I endorsed the same.

As a citizen, the Bishop wanted to walk the way of impeachment, being the Constitutional instrument provided to determine whether or not there is probable cause to impeach the President.

When the CBCP said that Bishop Yniguez had all the right to take initiative in his search for the truth, the bishops were underscoring the right of the bishop as a Filipino citizen to seek the truth in much the same way the Bishop had explained his position.

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