MANILA, Philippines – Ten individuals have been considered applicants vying for the post of Ombudsman as the deadline set by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) lapsed on Tuesday, May 15. Three informed sources from the judiciary told Rappler that the list includes a mix of private practitioners and members of the judiciary. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is set to retire from the highly coveted post on July 26, 2018. The Office of the Ombudsman, as mandated by the 1987 Philippine Constitution, is responsible for investigating and prosecuting cases against public officials. It is an independent office “enjoying fiscal autonomy” – one of the constitutional guarantees that helps insulate it from political influence and interference. Below is the list and background of each applicant: Absence, withdrawal, decline Missing from the list of considered applicants ... » Learn More about LIST: Get to know the applicants for Ombudsman
SCREENING PROCESS. Members of the Judicial and Bar Council carefully select new members of the Supreme Court. Screengrab from SC PIO MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – A Philippine president cannot just choose any individual to fill in any vacancy in the judiciary. He has to select from a list made by the Judicial and Bar Council. Those who seek to lead local courts, be a part of the Supreme Court and Office of the Ombudsman, among others, still need to go through the JBC. The council is primarily tasked under the law to screen individuals and recommend appointees for the president's scrutiny and possible choice. Here are other things you need to know about the JBC. Created through Article VIII Section 8 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution , the JBC screens individuals aiming to be part of the judiciary, including the leads of the office of the Ombudsman, Deputy Ombudsman, Special Prosecutor, and the offices of the Chairperson and ... » Learn More about EXPLAINER: How the Judicial and Bar Council works
In one of his interviews before the Taliban walkover, John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, blamed the American failure in Afghanistan on a change in Washington’s mission from anti-terrorism to “nation building.” In his view, Washington should just have held strategic sites in the country to keep terrorists off balance and not engage in an ambitious reconstruction of Afghan society. Bolton, one of the hardline conservatives who served as a high-level official in the George W. Bush administration that invaded Afghanistan in response to 9/11 , was engaging in what Americans call “Monday morning quarterbacking,” or declaiming in all-knowing fashion what “ought” to have been done. But it was all wishful thinking. Like all other imperial powers, the US could not just wreck a society and engage in a purely military occupation of Afghanistan. Like all of them, it had to reconstruct a society, if only to reduce the costs of military occupation and give its venture a ... » Learn More about [OPINION] September 11 and the debacle of ‘nation-building’ in Afghanistan
From the onset of his 2016 electoral campaign, President Rodrigo Duterte’s priorities throughout his 4 years in office have shown to be repetitive and consistent. Among others, he imagined a drug-free, transparent, cash-sufficient, and terrorism-free Philippines. (READ: What happened to Duterte’s SONA 2020 priority bills? ) For some of the goals he set his mind to, it was easy to move towards them. Just hours after Duterte’s inauguration when he promised death to drug addicts, the earliest reported extrajudicial killing happened in Tondo, Manila. One week after Duterte certified the controversial anti-terrorism bill as urgent on June 1, 2020, Congress transmitted the bill to Malacañang. After a month, the bill became law . In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in 2016, Duterte vowed to protect women’s rights and said abuse against women was “unacceptable.” In the following years, however, policies related to women and gender were not seen in ... » Learn More about LIST: Women, children, gender policies left behind during Duterte’s term
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Five individuals are vying to become the new Supreme Court Chief Justice. The High Court's Public Information Office on Thursday, July 26, tweeted that the applicants include 4 SC Associate Justices and one Regional Trial Court judge. The period for nominations and applications ended today. One from this list will fill in the position vacated by ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno . Below is the list and background of each applicant ranked according to seniority or based on their appointment to the High Court. – with reports from Lian Buan/Rappler.com Editor's Note: In an earlier version of this story, we reported that SC Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro was appointed Court of Appeals associate justice in 1997. She rejoined the Judiciary as Sandiganbayan associate justice that year. We regret the error and have made the necessary correction. ... » Learn More about LIST: Who are applicants for Supreme Court Chief Justice?