Magazine article Nieman Reports

Marites Danguilan Vitug's

Magazine article Nieman Reports

Marites Danguilan Vitug's

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Marites Danguilan Vitug's new book is "Hour Before Dawn: The Fall and Uncertain Rise of the Philippine Supreme Court," published in September by Cleverheads Publishing.

"Hour Before Dawn" is a follow-up to Vitug's 2010 book "Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court," which examined the political motives and machinations of the Philippine Supreme Court.

In her new book, she writes that the threats and libel suits that followed the publication of "Shadow of Doubt" only further convinced her that she needed to continue telling the court's stories.

"I saw the intimidations as signs of discomfort of the powers that be and vested interests after a burst of sunshine suddenly brightened their dark corners," she writes. "But what was astonishing was the public's thirst for information on the Court since it had managed to preserve itself as the most secretive government institution for more than a hundred years."

A few months after she began her work on the book in June 2011, the court was thrown into upheaval by the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona, who had been appointed two years earlier, for tax fraud. …

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