The trial of Saint Sereno

Oscar Franklin Tan 04/16/2018

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno stated last March 19 that Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio failed to submit his SALNs (statements of assets, liabilities and net worth) to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC). Carpio never said…

We can’t wait for Int’l Criminal Court

Oscar Franklin Tan 03/19/2018

The greatest shame for any self-respecting family is for outsiders to interfere in its affairs. Should not a nation thus uphold its own laws instead of the International Criminal Court (ICC)? ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced a…

Why law school is like Hogwarts

Oscar Franklin Tan 10/30/2017

QUEDLINBURG, Germany — I still reflexively stand up when my old professor Vicente V. Mendoza texts. Yes, the law professor of law professors, justice of justices and legal legend of legal legends fact checks my column. Justice…

Should we let ‘bloggers’ report from Malacañang?

Oscar Franklin Tan 08/14/2017

Singapore — PCOO Dept. Order No. 15 allows any “social media practitioner” with 5,000 followers to be granted similar access as journalists. But audiences decide what is bought in the marketplace of ideas, not such rules. “Bloggers”…

Should everything from college to Wi-Fi be free?

Oscar Franklin Tan 08/07/2017

Singapore—Do we have a political democracy, a free market economy but a socialist mindset? Does making everything free destroy the things worth paying for? As a University of the Philippines alumnus, I believe education is a constitutional…

Grab, Uber can’t violate rules no one can follow

Oscar Franklin Tan 07/31/2017

Jakarta — “We cannot have one rule regarding colorum for [Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS)] and another rule for… bus, UV express, taxi and PUJ,” declared Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chair Martin Delgra III.…

Media, Leonen win martial law extension

Oscar Franklin Tan 07/24/2017

  Jakarta — Media misframing of the martial law debate and its hyping of Justice Marvic Leonen’s dissent clearly won martial law’s extension. The letters on the sides of news reports on Congress’ joint session last July…

Can Frank Underwood extend martial law?

Oscar Franklin Tan 07/17/2017

  (Warning: Season 6 spoilers!) This is President Francis J. Underwood. SWS reported your resounding 57-percent approval of my Season 6 trailer. After my war on terror’s paranoia, placing your banana republic under martial law again will…

Leonen’s baseless anti-martial law dissent

Oscar Franklin Tan 07/10/2017

  Jakarta — Many were “shookt” by Justice Marvic Leonen’s dissent — before the Lagman decision was out! — because only he argued martial law is invalid even in Marawi City. Some headlines dubbed Leonen the “lone…

Solicitor General Calida revokes martial law

Oscar Franklin Tan 06/19/2017

  Solicitor General Jose Calida answered Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio that if martial law were a sentence, it would end with an exclamation point instead of a period. This was the legal bombshell of the decade.…