RICARDO SALUDO SHE’s a goner. With the political and legal firepower arrayed against her, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno looks set not to return to the Supreme Court after her indefinite leave, except maybe to clear her SC office. The House of Representatives, which has the power to impeach high officials and send them to the Senate for trial, has amassed voluminous testimonies and documents alleging several impeachable offenses, including culpable violation of the Constitution for usurping the SC’s collegial power. From the statements of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali, the impeachment petition filed by lawyer Lorenzo Gadon is sure to get far more than the 30 percent of House votes needed to impeach. Then yesterday, Solicitor General Jose Calida, acting on complaints filed in his OSG office, petitioned the Supreme Court, now presided by Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, to declare Sereno’s CJ appointment in … [Read more...] about Is it right to remove Chief Justice Sereno?
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LAWYER Larry Gadon said on Saturday he preferred that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno be removed through quo warranto proceedings, but clarified that this was not a change of heart. The complainant in the impeachment case against the chief magistrate made the statement during the Saturday Forum at Annabel’s restaurant in Quezon City. “Let me make this clear…I believe that…Congress will vote to impeach her and I also believe that the Senate…will also convict her. However, if there is an issue of her being appointed void ab initio…I’d rather that she be removed based on purely legal reason, that is, her appointment was void,” Gadon said. Gadon said that when he filed the impeachment complaint at the House of Representatives, he did not know that Sereno failed to submit all of her statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) when she applied for the position of chief justice. Gadon filed an impeachment complaint against … [Read more...] about Quo warranto or impeachment? Lawyers differ on ousting Sereno
By David Paddon The Canadian Press Mon., Feb. 26, 2018 What would you do if offered a voluntary severance package: celebrate, cry or crunch the numbers? Leaving a job can be an emotional experience, but it pays to remain calm and check out the options in a systematic way before making a decision. “What’s right is going to be different for each person, depending on where they are in their career, and what they expect will happen next,” said KBA Partners LLP partner Kimberly Boara Alexander, who practises career law in Toronto. “Really, it’s about making the right decision for that person at that particular time in their lives,” Alexander said. “Depending on how it’s structured, that buyout package could be a real windfall.” Article Continued Below Ideally, you would assemble a team of advisers with different skills, including an accountant to help with tax questions, a financial adviser, a recruitment or … [Read more...] about Employee buyout? Here’s what you should know
By Kevin Donovan Chief Investigative Reporter Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 Ontario’s Liberal government has kept secret an explosive report that paints some of its most senior bureaucrats — male and female — as bullies who have harassed and discriminated against hundreds of provincial lawyers and administrative assistants for years. The workplace for 600 government lawyers and several hundred administrative staff at the Ministry of the Attorney General is described as a “toxic” cesspool where fear and retribution rule the day, ironically at an Ontario agency branded with the logo “Better Justice Together.” One high-ranking government boss is described by a complainant in the report as “a classic bully drunk on her own power.” Crown lawyers working under another executive said he created “an extremely unhealthy and intolerable environment.” “Many employees work in an atmosphere of constant fear … [Read more...] about Ontario government lawyers being terrorized by ‘bully’ bosses, secret report reveals
Dozens of female Ontario Provincial Police civilian employees are alleging systemic, gender-based discrimination by the province’s largest police service, claiming they have for years been paid salaries far lower than their predominantly male, uniformed police colleagues performing the same or comparable work.A group of more than 80 OPP civilian managers and specialists has filed a human rights complaint claiming they are paid less than uniformed male officers for similar work. They allege they have reduced access to benefits and promotions, less job security, and are provided fewer professional development and training opportunities.In addition, the group alleges they are too often the recipients of sexist comments and humiliating behaviour, according to Janet Borowy, the lawyer presenting 84 civilian employees.Indeed, their treatment must be viewed within the context the OPP’s “deeply masculine” and “brothers in blue” work environment, she … [Read more...] about Female OPP employees say they’re being paid far less than uniformed police doing the same work