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Coronavirus patients urged to waive confidentiality: ‘Being diagnosed not a crime, stigma’

Apr 05, 2020 - 1:45 PM

'By being candid, the COVID-19 patients and PUI’s will help most their family members, friends, co-workers and those they were close with,' says a joint statement by 3 organizations of doctors and lawyers

CONTAINING A PANDEMIC. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City installs triage at the hospital's compound to evaluate and categorizate patients on March 29, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IBP on Ampatuan verdict: Delayed justice breeds despair, corruption

Dec 20, 2019 - 4:55 PM

While it welcomes the conviction of suspects in the Ampatuan massacre, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines laments the delay and pushes for reforms in the judicial process

Two lawyers killed in separate incidents

May 18, 2019 - 2:52 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Adilberto Golla Jr was killed Rodriguez, Rizal, while Val Crisostomo was ambushed in Dagupan, Pangasinan

GUNNED DOWN. Lawyer Adilberto Golla Jr died on the spot morning of May 17, 2019. Photo from Golla's Facebook account

IBP to investigate 'Bikoy' press conference

May 13, 2019 - 11:46 AM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines says it will determine who must be held accountable for Peter Joemel Advincula's press conference at the IBP headquarters

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula surfaces at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Groups denounce killing of lawyer in Davao del Norte

Mar 15, 2019 - 11:12 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Lawyers, prosecutors, and judges are being targeted with surging frequency and impunity,' says the Integrated Bar of the Philippines following the killing of lawyer Rex Jasper Lopoz in Tagum City, Davao del Norte

DEADLY PROFESSION. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines says 38 members of the legal profession in the country have been killed under the Duterte administration as of March 13, 2019. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Rappler Talk: IBP's Egon Cayosa on judicial independence

Feb 17, 2019 - 7:20 PM

On Monday, February 18, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Integrated Bar of the Philippines executive vice president Egon Cayosa about issues surrounding the judiciary

[OPINION] Judicial independence: Democratic counterweight to populist sentiment

Feb 09, 2019 - 12:59 PM

As the unelected branch of government, the judiciary’s sole standard of action is the rule of law rather than the public pulse. This is an essential democratic counterweight to the popularly elected officers of government.

IBP 'implores' Supreme Court to reverse Sereno ouster

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:36 AM

'With due respect, the Honorable Court's narrowly drawn ruling shows the use of the law to pursue a desired result, that is, the ouster of the Chief Justice,' says the Integrated Bar of the Philippines

APPEAL. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines acts as intervenors and files a Motion for Reconsideration to the Supreme Court to reverse the ouster of former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Ombudsman Morales begins farewell: Don't be silent

May 25, 2018 - 10:13 AM

'If we find ourselves continually abused and without recourse, isn’t it because, with our silence and inaction, we gave our consent?' says Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

HUMAN RIGHTS. 'Thou shall not kill,' Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says, as she urges the Philippines to 'go back to basics.' File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

IBP to appeal Sereno ouster; lawyers called to rise up

May 11, 2018 - 4:35 PM

However, constitutional law experts say it is only Congress which is in a position to challenge the quo warranto

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘A different crisis’ looms if Senate clashes with SC on Sereno quo warranto

May 07, 2018 - 11:49 AM

‘Panibagong kaguluhan na naman ‘yun,’ says IBP national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo

CRISIS. IBP president Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo says a different crisis looms if the Senate clashes with the Supreme Court on the potential ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Pinoy Ako Blog's Jover Laurio files disbarment complaint vs Gadon

Apr 24, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Blogger Jover Laurio and other protesters who were cursed by lawyer Larry Gadon in Baguio City want him disbarred over his behavior

Complainant Atty. Lorenzo Gadon during the House Committee on Justice hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler Complainant Atty. Lorenzo Gadon during the House Committee on Justice hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Group wants Gadon disbarred over 'madman' behavior

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:09 PM

'The kind of ignorance of the law, rules, and even elementary grammar and spelling has clearly no place in the legal profession,' says the latest complaint against lawyer Larry Gadon before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines

DISBARMENT COMPLAINT. A group of activists and law students file a disbarment complaint against Larry Gadon before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

Law groups to U.N. expert: Probe Duterte threats vs judiciary

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:10 PM

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

Lawyers Arpee Santiago of the Ateneo Human Rights Center, Neri Colmenares of National Union of People's Lawyers and Integrated Bar of the Philippines' Abe Fajardo, Ryan Jay Roset and Dean Tony La Viña on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, show a copy of the submitted report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Diego Garcia Sayan narrating the recent statements by President Rodrigo Duterte against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Groups to hold vigil for Sereno as SC starts summer session in Baguio

Apr 02, 2018 - 10:06 PM

The organizations urge the Supreme Court not to entertain the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, and to instead let the impeachment trial in the Senate proceed

PROTEST. Members of the civil society groups holding vigils for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno announce on Monday, April 2, 2018, they will wear purple or pink sashes throughout their stay in Baguio, where the Supreme Court will hold its sessions during the summer. Photo  by Mau Victa/Rappler

IBP seeks dismissal of quo warranto petition vs Sereno

Mar 22, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines says its intervention will note that under the 1987 Charter, 'impeachment is the only mode of removal of an impeachable officer for an impeachable offense'

SERENO. In this file photo, Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks during a forum at St. Scholastica's College in Manila, in celebration of International Women's Day. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

IBP: Scrutinize Duterte decision to withdraw from Int'l Criminal Court first

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo says there must be 'diligent study and debate' about such a move that concerns the entire country

Nene Pimentel, IBP, Namfrel reject no-election scenario in May 2019

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'The principal effect of a no-election scenario would be to upset the constitutional mandate that requires elective officials to be subjected to periodic check by the sovereign people,' says former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr

Gadon’s threat to sue SC officials ground for disbarment – Sereno camp

Feb 22, 2018 - 6:13 PM

'Threatening them with criminal prosecution on the basis of falsehoods is grossly immoral and deceitful,' says the spokesperson of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Complainant Atty. Lorenzo Gadon at the House Committee on Justice during continuation of the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Keep 'balance of power' in government – IBP head

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:38 AM

'If we are to stick to the rule of law, the balance of power must not be disturbed,' says Integrated Bar of the Philippines president Abdiel Fajardo on Rappler Talk

IBP exploring possibility of filing for writ of kalikasan to protect PH marine territories

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:33 PM

'We saw that instead of moving the ball forward to a goal, the Philippine government somehow froze the ball and now the ball is now being brought towards the opposite direction,' Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo says

Impeachment should be 'last resort' – IBP national president

Feb 16, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'It is an extreme measure and should be based only on the gravest sin that would amount to flagrant violations of the Constitution,' says Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president Abdiel Fajaro

Rappler Talk: IBP national president Abdiel Fajardo on the rule of law

Feb 15, 2018 - 2:17 PM

On Thursday, February 15, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo on the role of lawyers as the rule of law is challenged in the country

House sub-committee also proposes to clip powers of judiciary

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) The proposed amendment takes away the judiciary’s power to determine grave abuse of discretion and jurisdiction by the other branches of government

JUDICIAL OVERREACH? A House sub-committee on constitutional amendments want to remove the judiciary's power to determine grave abuse of discretion of the other branches of government, citing judicial overreach.

DILG official's rally attendance can be test case vs revolutionary gov't

Dec 01, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The head of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines says anybody can file a complaint of inciting to sedition against DILG Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III

IBP partners with CHR to provide free legal aid to victims of rights violations

Nov 24, 2017 - 11:47 PM

In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) says the involvement of IBP with its current 60,000-membership now 'sends forth a ripple of hope in this troubling and violent crimes besetting our country'

Sereno chides 'publicity seekers' riding on gov't war on drugs, crime

Nov 23, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says 'legitimate' lawyers' groups should also exert pressure on authorities to resolve crime cases to 'minimize the spectacle of kibitzers'

HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses participants at a human rights summit organized by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on November 23, 2017. Photo from SC PIO

CJ Sereno to constitutional bodies: Step up in advancing human rights

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

'A justice sector does not function if the investigative and the prosecutorial services are not doing their jobs,' says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

CALL TO ACTION. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno calls to action the constitional bodies in probing alleged human rights violations in the govennment's war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Human Rights Summit: Lawyers go all out vs war on drugs

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:52 PM

'The challenge now is to go beyond legalese, to realize the relevance of our profession at this point in our history,' says Human Rights Commissioner Roberto Cadiz

SUMMIT. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) will hold a summit alongside other law groups to address legal concerns in the government's war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Lawyers to question before Supreme Court role of prosecutors in EJKs

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The justice department's data shows that prosecutors have handled only 71 drug-related deaths out of the thousands who have been killed

PROSECUTING THE WAR ON DRUGS. Law groups want to highlight the obligations of prosecutors in cases where drug suspects are killed in police operations. Photo by Rappler

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

[Newspoint] One very insecure president

Oct 07, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Duterte’s sense of insecurity would seem more typically manifest in his attacks on Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, a former Supreme Court justice herself. He has threatened them both with impeachment.

IBP to Duterte: Don't be onion-skinned, respect Ombudsman independence

Sep 29, 2017 - 10:03 PM

'As an independent body, it must be insulated from political pressure - most especially from the highest political office of the land,' Integrated Bar of the Phillipines (IBP) National President Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo says

RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, during his guesting in Erwin Tulfo's program 'Sa Totoo Lang' taped at the Malacanang Palace on September 19, 2017Photo by Richard Madelo/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

SC orders release of detainees still not charged after required period

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The Supreme Court ruling covers jailed persons whose cases have lapsed preliminary investigations, or whose cases are under automatic review by the Department of Justice

Supreme Court of the Philippines on Padre Faura in Manila

IBP files complaint vs cops in Kian delos Santos slay

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines cites eyewitness accounts including a 13 year old s testimony that the cops blindfolded and punched Kian delos Santos before he was shot dead

SHOT AND KILLED. Kian's uncle, Randy points the corner where the boy was shot. The bullet holes is visible with Kian's blood splattered around it. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

IBP to House: Don't add to problems, recall order vs CA

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:03 PM

The IBP advises the House committee to file a petition for certiorari before the High Court if it doesn t agree with the CA

Alvarez shall be held to highest moral standards – IBP

Mar 31, 2017 - 8:53 PM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the Supreme Court have disbarred lawyers before for having extramarital affairs

POSSIBLE DISBARMENT. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) says if a disbarment case is filed against Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the highest moral standards expected of lawyers shall be measured against his actions. Photo by Rappler

Duterte thinks Robredo, De Lima, or Trillanes behind 'ouster try'

Mar 23, 2017 - 11:35 PM

But President Rodrigo Duterte still discourages the filing of an impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo

IBP: Duterte's criticism of lawyers defending drug suspects 'dangerous'

Dec 09, 2016 - 10:56 PM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines says Duterte s statements criticizing lawyers of drug suspects creates a dangerous chilling effect

Duterte: 'No need to stage coup vs me. I myself will swear you in.'

Nov 04, 2016 - 8:36 PM

The President also offers dinner and Cabinet posts to his human rights critics

President Rodrigo Duterte accommodates the press at the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Davao City on November 1. The President, accompanied by his youngest son Sebastian Duterte, visits his parents' grave in the traditional observance of Undas (All Saints' Day) . SIMEON CELI/ Presidential Photo

SC slaps 3-year suspension on lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles

Aug 09, 2016 - 8:05 PM

Trixie Cruz Angeles was the lawyer for Oakwood mutineer Nicanor Faeldon and most recently defended expelled members of the Iglesia ni Cristo in their cases against the church

SUSPENDED. Lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles (left) has been suspended by the Supreme Court. In this file photo, Angeles converses with client Lottie Manalo-Hemedez, the estranged sibling of INC leader Eduardo Manalo. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IBP questions Aquino appointment of 2 Sandiganbayan justices

May 17, 2016 - 4:28 PM

UPDATED The lawyers organization says the President violated the Constitution by disregarding one of the shortlists submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council Malacañang maintains the legality of the appointments

SC INTERVENTION. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines asks the Supreme Court to nullify the appointments of two Sandiganbayan justices. Photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler

Part 5: Annulment scam

Dec 31, 2015 - 10:00 AM

[The annulment business] When someone promises a quickie annulment, chances are they’re just faking it

INFOGRAPHIC: How to get annulled

Dec 23, 2015 - 7:15 AM

Here s a guide to filing a petition for annulment and how long it could take

SC stops repair of 82,000 PCOS machines

Mar 24, 2015 - 5:33 PM

Supreme Court justices vote 12 2 to temporarily stop the contract between the Comelec and Smartmatic for the repair of vote counting machines

PCOS DIAGNOSTICS. A Smartmatic operator conducts diagnostics tests on the precinct count optical scan machines at the Comelec warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna, on Friday, March 20. Rappler video screengrab

Binay presents plans for '1st 100 days as president'

Mar 21, 2015 - 7:01 PM

A lawyer president after a hiatus of 30 years Vice President Jejomar Binay refers to himself before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines

NEXT PRESIDENT? Vice President Jejomar Binay presents his plans for his 'first 100 days' if elected Philippine president in 2016. File photo by Rappler

Lawyer disbarred for having simultaneous marriages

Mar 10, 2015 - 7:50 PM

The Supreme Court adopts the recommendation of the Integrated Bar that contracting a marriage during the subsistence of a previous one amounts to grossly immoral conduct

Stop deal on repair of voting machines, SC asked

Feb 19, 2015 - 9:01 PM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines says the contract is illegal because the Comelec did not subject it to public bidding

PCOS MACHINE. The existing 82,000 PCOS machines need be refurbished for the 2016 polls. File photo by John Javellana

AFP files disbarment case vs lawyer Harry Roque

Nov 04, 2014 - 2:19 PM

UPDATED The military claims that lawyer Harry Roque has committed grave misconduct and violated the Code of Professional Responsibility

IS HE TO BLAME? Lawyer Harry Roque

AFP mulls complaint vs Laude lawyer

Oct 30, 2014 - 9:47 AM

His apologies are accepted but he should still be held accountable the AFP says

IS HE TO BLAME? Lawyer Harry Roque