LAP casts away shadow of doubt on SC

The Liberal Arts Program (LAP) kicked off its 2011 lineup with “Are we losing our country’s soul?” held on January 24, 2011. Lawyers and non-lawyers alike came together to listen to this month’s guest lecturer Marites Danguilan Vitug, award-winning author and chair of the advisory board of Newsbreak.

Marites gave the audience a peek into her much-talked about book, “Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court,” which discusses the inner working of this reclusive and “cloistered” branch of government. According to Marites, this culture of confidentiality should be scrutinized, emphasizing the importance of integrity and ethics in the country’s highest judicial court as well as in the Judicial and Bar Council, the recommending body that prepares a list of Supreme Court (SC) appointees.

Speaking to over 120 attendees, Marites also shared the challenges she encountered with releasing the book, such as the death threats she received and the libel case filed against her by one of the Justices. However, she says that what kept her going was the goal of informing the public and encouraging them to be more vigilant.

Tax Director Leo Leaño comments: “It is good that our Liberal Arts Program has lined up relevant, interesting and timely topics to reactivate social and political consciousness in SGV, where time is mostly spent on the rigors of work. The large attendance during the LAP was a clear indication that many SGVeans thirst for these topics. I personally look forward to more lectures by credible resource speakers such as Ms. Vitug.”

Want to get your copy of “Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court?” Contact Cecille Santos at or (02) 920-0997, or visit the Shadow of Doubt website.