Packing the Philippine Supreme Court: How the Personal Trumps the Institutional

Marites DaƱguilan Vitug, Author and chair of the advisory board of Newsbreak

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The new Philippine president, Benigno Aquino III, has inherited a Supreme Court packed with his predecessor's appointees.  The highly politicized appointment process has weakened the independence of the judiciary and shows the impact of bad governance and the power of vested interests.  Marites Dañguilan Vitug will address these issues and their larger implications as President Aquino vows to fight corruption and prosecute former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for her alleged ill-gotten wealth.  Copies of Shadow of Doubt will be available for signing and sale by the author following her talk.

Marites Dañguilan Vitug is a prize-winning author and journalist.  Her latest title is Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court (2010).  Other works include Under the Crescent Moon: Rebellion in Mindanao (with Glenda Gloria, 2000) and Jalan-Jalan: A Journey through EAGA (with Criselda Yabes, 1998).  Asiaweek named Jalan-Jalan one of the best books on Asia published that year.  Ms Vitug won the Philippine National Book Award in journalism for her first book, Power from the Forest: The Politics of Logging (1993).  In addition to publishing widely on Philippine issues, she chairs the advisory board of Newsbreak (

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor