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'The attempt to use the anti-terror bill as a tool for repression rather than for thwarting terrorism is appalling,' says the Ateneo Human Rights Center, which calls for its rejection
This week’s Deep Dive looks into the admissibility of Mr Ronnel Mas' admission based on case law as well as the finding of the DOJ that his admission 'cured' the illegal arrest
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra defends his refusal to issue a formal legal opinion for ABS-CBN, a document that could serve as a legal defense for the NTC
The Free Legal Assistance Group says a free, responsible press is 'absolutely essential for a truly transparent, accountable, and democratic government'
'The emergency powers proposed to be granted by Congress are either superfluous and unnecessary, as they are already vested in the Executive Branch by existing laws,' says the Free Legal Assistance Group
The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) files a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, invoking the extraordinary power of the Court to examine the legality of the murder case itself
The state needs to be accountable for crimes committed by its own agents, says NUJP chair Nonoy Espina, whether it's the Ampatuan massacre or the drug war
'Under Vice President Robredo's leadership, we hope that the killings will stop, and the government will finally take a better approach to the problem of illegal drugs,' says human rights lawyer Chel Diokno
In one police report, 3 suspects allegedly point their guns at one cop, but the cop, by himself, manages to kill all 3. It is movie-like fiction, says the Free Legal Assistance Group.
'Police operatives were already conditioned by these information reports not only to arrest suspects but to neutralize them,' the Free Legal Assistance Group tells the Supreme Court
Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada, and Ted Te file a perjury countercharge against the CIDG officer who filed the sedition complaint. Te admits to meeting to Bikoy who wanted a legal consult.
On Tuesday, September 3, Rappler editor at large Marites Vitug sits down with FLAG lawyer Jun Viterbo to discuss the complaint against key members of the opposition
It sparks debate on a law that applies to all, even to a convict whom the Supreme Court called an "unthinking beast." It also reignites opposition to death penalty
The lawyers cite a Supreme Court decision from 1990 which says that the Office of the Solicitor General only participates in a criminal case when it has 'reached the appellate courts'
The howling of the dogs reverberate in the corridors of power as darkness descends on democracy
'The Secretary of Justice had no legal basis to take any direct action on the matters subject of the letter-complaint,' says the Free Legal Assistance Group
The country's top lawyers, representing the respondents in the inciting to sedition complaint, bear down on the Office of the Solicitor General
(UPDATED) At least 41 journalists from different media organizations intervene in a Supreme Court petition to end President Rodrigo Duterte's coverage ban against Rappler
'It appears that not much effort has been placed into identifying and arresting the assailants, based on the length of time devoted to investigating the case,' says human rights lawyer and former SC spokesman Ted Te
'Law students and legal professionals alike look forward to how the courts will resolve threshold issues such as the purported retroactive application of the Cybercrime Prevention Act,' says the Philippine Bar Association
Te says the Supreme Court finalized the Cybercrime Law only on April 22, 2014, which means that in February 2014 when the article was supposedly republished, there was no applicable law
'The attacks on lawyers are part of this dastardly attempt to dismantle the legal system by means of fear and violence,' says Free Legal Assistance Group chairperson Jose Manuel Diokno
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?
However, constitutional law experts say it is only Congress which is in a position to challenge the quo warranto
Malacañang, however, says President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno only show his 'dislike' of her, and not of the judiciary
Petitioner Jose Manuel Diokno says the full documentation 'will go a long way in the fight against impunity and excesses by those clothed with government authority'
From jailing a sitting senator to debating the constitutionality of the Duterte administration's war on drugs, look back at the high-stakes judgments, decisions, and preliminary investigations of 2017
(UPDATED) The Solicitor General says the police circular – while it may be abused – should be looked at by the Supreme Court for its purpose and not its effects
'If it is done by your government, when there is an official process that does that, then would you say that there is a fundamental right that is violated?' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen
Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno is also calling the heads of the DILG, PDEA, DDB, Napolcom and PNP-IAS to appear during oral arguments on November 28
The Associate Justice says adjusting the government's program against illegal drugs so it does not necessarily alienate communities it is supposed to protect would also clarify the rights of individuals vis-a-vis the power of government
'There are only a few of us who do this. We are lawyers, we need to find ways to make the law more meaningful and closer to justice.'
The Free Legal Assistance Group asks the SC the opportunity to present oral arguments for the public to hear
The petitions of the human rights lawyers are the most comprehensive in terms of coverage when it comes to challenging the war on drugs
Statesman Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno is regarded as the father of human rights advocacy in the Philippines
On the 45th anniversary of martial law and some 30 years after his death, Jose Diokno lives on, his ideals and his dreams, and his deeply held belief that it is worth building 'a nation for our children'
Ilan na ba iyong Kian na dumaan? Ilan pa ba iyong Kian na mangyayari? Kaya tayo naman kapag ganito tingin ko obligasyon natin ipahayag iyong ating pagkamuhi sa ganitong klaseng pangyayari
UPDATED The petition for mandamus has the support of 331 lawyers who signed the annex included in the petition
Bookmark this page for highlights of the drug policy forum
The daughter of the late statesman Jose Diokno says her father would urge Filipinos to stand firm find our voice and not seal our eyes against injustices in the country if he were still alive
UPDATED SPO3 Arthur Lascañas a self confessed hitman of the so called Davao Death Squad says he lied about its existence before because he was afraid for the safety of his family and himself
Martin please don t include us in your stupidity Admit that your lies were exposed And seek forgiveness from the journalists including Trillanes and the other senators
Martin ayaw na mi intawon i apil sa imong kabuang Angkona na nga nabisto ang imong pambutbut ug pangayo na ug pasaylo sa mga peryodista apila na pud si Trillanes ug uban pang mga senador
The retired Davao cop the second confessed member of the Davao Death Squad knows that his revelations have repercussions his lawyer says
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Jose Manuel Diokno Arno Sanidad and Alexander Padilla have taken up the case of retired policeman Arturo Lascañas who is linking President Duterte to death squad killings
The Free Legal Assistance Group says the proposals of President elect Rodrigo Duterte are illegal and unconstitutional and would render our legal system impotent and meaningless