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Fears of losing freedoms escalate as Congress rushes to pass anti-terror bill

May 30, 2020 - 11:16 PM

The bill would empower a council of top cabinet officials to do functions usually reserved for the courts, like ordering the warrantless arrest and detention of people and groups perceived to be terrorists

ANTI TERROR BILL. Anakpawis Party-list and peasant group from Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas rally in 2018 against the Human Security Act of 2007 which SB 1083 or the Anti Terror Bill seeks to repeal and strengthen. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'24 hour-curfews are unconstitutional and excessive'

Mar 23, 2020 - 11:25 AM

24-hour curfews are outright denials of the right to travel and movement, human rights lawyers say

CURFEW. 120 adults and 15 minors sit in a social distancing manner after they were apprehended by patrolling police for violating the curfew of the enhanced community quarantine at Barangay Batasan in Quezon City on Monday midnight, March 23. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Rights groups blast Andanar's 'perilous' attempts to 'mislead' U.N. council

Mar 01, 2020 - 11:45 PM

'Secretary Andanar again performed a show abundant in spins, slants, and distractions,' says National Union of Peoples' Lawyers president Edre Olalia

'SPINNING TRUTH.' File photo of Communications Secretary Martin Andanar by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Threats to rule of law under Duterte

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:38 AM

Is it time for lawyers in the Philippines to take to the streets, just like what the world saw in Hong Kong?

DOJ's new IRR of GCTA Law 'open to serious legal challenge'

Sep 18, 2019 - 8:19 AM

'They are pandering to public opinion; do things the right way otherwise that is abuse,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

NEW IRR. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año sign the revised Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) for Republic Act 10592 on September 16, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Supreme Court gives Duterte more power with Boracay case win

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:46 PM

'This space for the democratic rights of the people is getting smaller and smaller every time the Court sides with the government in power,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

ANOTHER WIN. The Supreme Court hands another win to President Rodrigo Duterte by upholding the legality of the Boracay closure. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lawyers press military to transfer Palparan to Bilibid

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) The military says that pending the appeal of Palparan's conviction, they will keep custody of the former general

Former AFP General Jovito Palparan being escorted by military during promulgation at the Bulacan Regional Trial Court on September 17, 2018. Palparan was guilty on Kidnapping for Serious Illegal Detention. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After Palparan conviction, lawyers target Gloria Arroyo

Sep 17, 2018 - 3:51 PM

‘We are looking at the angle of command responsibility of Palparan’s commander-in-chief Gloria Macapagal Arroyo,’ says private prosecutor Edre Olalia

Former AFP General Jovito Palparan being escorted by military during promulgation at the Bulacan Regional Trial Court on September 17, 2018. Palparan was guilty on Kidnapping for Serious Illegal Detention. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Trillanes amnesty revocation: ‘Duterte reinventing the law’

Sep 04, 2018 - 12:45 PM

‘Duterte is reinventing or redefining the law to suit political agenda,’ says Edre Olalia of the NUPL

IN CEBU. President Duterte gestures as he delivers his speech during the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Visayas Island Cluster Conference at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City on August 21, 2018. Presidential file photo

What did lawyers, police do wrong in Makati bar raid?

Aug 20, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Lawyers present during police searches are guided by the following questions: Does the search team have a search warrant? If so, is it valid? If so, is the proper procedure being observed?

Why PNP's new subpoena powers threaten our rights

Mar 11, 2018 - 1:40 PM

'It is so unfair and unjust. Marcosian ito, at bumabalik na tayo,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

SC ruling: 'Martial law ad infinitum' and a 'tragic repeat of 1972'

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The SC majority says safeguards remain, and cites legal remedies for human rights like writs of amparo and habeas data

AD INFINITUM? Petitioner-lawyer Edre Olalia says the Supreme Court empowers President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a martial law 'ad infinitum' making his judgment 'absolute.'

Lawyers, law students launch group to call for end to EJKs

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:49 PM

Responding to lawyer Harry Roque's statement that he will throw hollow blocks at critics, convenor Tony La Viña says 'magtatapon kami ng pan de sal'

Photo by Angie De Silva

NDF consultants hopeful Duterte will resume peace talks

Feb 15, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Motions filed by the Office of the Solicitor General to cancel the bail of NDF consultants are premature according to their lawyers

Atty: Rachel Pastores of Public Interest Law Center (left), Atty. Edre Olalia of National Union of People's Lawyers (2nd-L), Niki Gamara (2nd-R) and Cristina Palabay of KARAPATAN (Right)during a press conference in Quezon City Wednesdat, urged government and GRP-NDPF peace panel to contineu peace talks. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

FAST FACTS: The JASIG in the peace talks

Feb 08, 2017 - 4:44 PM

What is the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees JASIG all about in relation to the failed peace negotiations?

Manila court grants bail to Tiamzons

Aug 12, 2016 - 1:40 PM

2ND UPDATE The motion for bail granted by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 also covers detainee Adelberto Silva who will also participate in the peace talks

TEMPORARY LIBERTY. Top communist leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon in court. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Olalia: Veloso family had ‘bittersweet’ visit in Indonesia

Jan 16, 2016 - 3:00 PM

NUPL lawyer Edre Olalia says the reunion also brings together Indonesian lawyers the DFA the Philippine embassy in Jakarta and Filipino legal counsels

Veloso family with their lawyers conducts a press briefing ater return from Indonesia. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Veloso family on Mary Jane’s birthday: We want her home

Jan 11, 2016 - 8:42 AM

A day after her birthday Mary Jane Veloso s family is flying to Indonesia to visit the Filipina on death row

SET TO FLY. Mary Jane Veloso's parents Cesar and Celia and sons Mark Daniel (13) and Mark Darren (6) in the NAIA Terminal 2 on January 11. Rappler photo

Lawyers to Sergio's alleged victims: 'Don't be intimidated'

Aug 09, 2015 - 1:16 AM

The National Union of Peoples Lawyers NUPL is concerned about the safety of the remaining complainants against alleged recruiters Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao

'Recruiter' Sergio confirms Mary Jane Veloso's story

May 21, 2015 - 9:32 AM

UPDATED Cristina Sergio the woman tagged as the culprit behind Mary Jane Veloso s arrest for drug smuggling in Indonesia claims Veloso is totally innocent and a victim of her own character flaws

Mary Jane Veloso and being on different sides of the elephant

May 02, 2015 - 7:30 AM

Who s telling the truth? And who s lying? I think this is a case of everybody touching different parts of the elephant I saw parts of what both sides saw

Mary Jane's last wish: Bring my body home

Apr 24, 2015 - 4:19 PM

The 30 year old mother of two who was sentenced to death in 2010 for attempting to smuggle 2 6 kilograms of heroin into Indonesia says she has accepted her fate

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, warga Filipina yang divonis mati menangis di persidangan, Sleman, 3 Maret 2015. Foto oleh Bimo Satrio/EPA

20 years after, Flor Contemplacion's lawyer defends #MaryJane

Apr 10, 2015 - 10:29 PM

Twenty years after Flor s execution seemingly hard and cold yet fallible laws in faraway lands are poised to ignore all humanitarian pleas storming the heavens with prayers to save the life of Mary Jane

IN TEARS. Mary Jane was in tears when she appeared in court on March 3, 2015, to appeal against her death sentence. Photo by  Bimo Satrio/EPA