Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hope For The Flowers

Outside of legal circles this development will probably not make much of a ripple.
SC dismisses CA justice in bribery case; 4 others penalized
By Leila Salaverria, Tetch Torres, Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court has dismissed an associate justice for violating the Code of Judicial Conduct and penalized four others in the bribery controversy at the Court of Appeals.

In a 58-page per curiam decision, the high court, voting 12-1, dismissed Associate Justice Vicente Q. Roxas because of his “undue interest” in the Manila Electric Company’s case against the Government Service Insurance System.

At the same time, the high tribunal said Roxas failed to rule on several motions, including a motion for his inhibition before issuing a ruling that voided the Securities and Exchange Commission order stopping Meralco from including proxy votes in its board elections on May 27.

The high court -- citing multiple violations of the canons of the Code of Judicial Conduct, grave misconduct, dishonesty, undue interest and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service -- also ordered the forfeiture of all his benefits except accrued leave credits due to. He is barred from working in any branch of the government, including state owned and controlled firms.

Why am I blogging on this? Perhaps it's because I'm desperate for any bit of good news. I want to remind myself that something still works in this godforsaken country. But mostly, it's because I'm up to my neck in schadenfreude.

Thank you, Supremes. You rock.

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