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Progressive orgs slam Duterte for taking advantage of pandemic to attack media

Jun 16, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The Save Our Schools Network says it believes the conviction is part of the Duterte administration's aim to silence critical media

PRESS CONFERENCE. Maria Ressa (center) and former Rappler reporter Reynaldo Santos Jr. face media after libel trial verdict was read by a Manila court. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

IBP questions jail sentence for Maria Ressa despite SC guidance to set only fines

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:50 AM

Manila Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa says social media makes 'the keyboard mightier than the pen and thus mightier than the sword'

CONVICTION. Maria Ressa arrives at the Manila Trial court on June 15, 2020, for the promulgation of a cyberlibel case against Rappler by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


IBP to Duterte: Veto non-judicial arrests and 24-day detention in anti-terror bill

Jun 09, 2020 - 1:09 PM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines also questions the provision on broadened surveillance, which covers people who have not yet been declared as terrorists by a court

ANTI TERROR BILL. Protesters gather inside the University of the Philippines campus on June 4, 2020, to protest the passing of the anti-terrorism bill or HB 6875 in congress on June 3. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler


In Duterte’s Philippines, lawyers are pandemic frontliners too

Apr 07, 2020 - 2:40 PM

The case of San Roque 21 was a stress test of the electronic judicial system – with notable gaps that had lawyers stepping out of their homes

FRONTLINE. Lawyer Michael De Castro at the Quezon City Hall of Justice to legally assist the 21 urban poor residents arrested for unlawful assembly during the coronavirus lockdown. Photo courtesy of Nanoy Rafael

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 offers legal help to protect frontliners

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:19 PM

'We will uphold their rights and defend them against any inequity or prejudice,' says national president Domingo Egon Cayosa

FRONTLINERS. 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. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IBP head warns gov't: NTC permit to ABS can be challenged

Feb 28, 2020 - 12:31 PM

Even Justice Secretary Guevarra recognizes that his own solution could be brought to court. At least, he says, Congress can 'provide a tougher armor.'

QUESTIONABLE. IBP national president Domingo Egon Cayosa says the planned NTC provisional permit to ABS-CBN is a "stop-gap" solution that may be questioned in court. Screenshot from Rappler Talk

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

Amid crackdown, IBP agrees to 'briefing' by anti-communism body

Nov 22, 2019 - 9:58 AM

'In the first place communism isn’t outlawed as a belief and membership in the communist party is no longer a crime. So why even bother to listen to such a briefing?' says Law professor and human rights lawyer Ted Te

ANTI-COMMUNISM BRIEFING. IBP national president Domingo "Egon" Cayosa defends the anti-communism briefing as being "helpful" for lawyers to make informed decision. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

IBP president: We have more democratic space now

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:07 PM

'With technology and the reality that we have more democratic space, the less afraid we should be,' says IBP national president Domingo Egon Cayosa

IBP PRESIDENT. Domingo "Egon" Cayosa is the national president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. Photo by Rappler

Supreme Court spares IBP, Diokno in West PH Sea case mess

Sep 03, 2019 - 4:17 PM

The SC says, 'Counsels for petitioners were sternly warned that the commission of the same or similar infractions in the future would be dealt with more severely'

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. IBP lawyer Andre Palacios and collaborating counsel Chel Diokno during the first oral arguments at the Supreme Court on their Writ of Kalikasan petition. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Supreme Court: IBP must prove fishermen knew of West PH Sea petition

Jul 30, 2019 - 4:59 PM

Even after withdrawing the fishermen's petition, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines is not out of trouble yet

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. IBP lawyer Andre Palacios and collaborating counsel Chel Diokno during the first oral arguments at the Supreme Court on their Writ of Kalikasan petition. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bikoy links: IBP mulls disclosing press con details to authorities

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:24 PM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines' current and former presidents are included in the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group's inciting to sedition complaint over the Bikoy videos

BIKOY PRESSCON. Newly-sworn IBP national president Domingo "Egon" Cayosa says they are studying the legality of whether authorities can look into the circumstances of the controversial Bikoy press conference inside IBP. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

IBP withdraws West PH Sea petition

Jul 19, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida wins again

Supreme Court issues gag order in fishermen's West PH Sea petition

Jul 16, 2019 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) Solicitor General Jose Calida has traded barbs with Integrated Bar of the Philippines and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno

GAG ORDER. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, Solicitor General Jose Calida and Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) counsel Andre Palacios are issued gag orders by the Supreme Court over a Writ of Kalikasan petition. All photos by Rappler

Not dropping case yet: IBP's new leaders stand by West PH Sea petition

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The handling lawyers ask the Supreme Court for more time to talk to fishermen from Palawan and Zambales after 19 of them give affidavits to the Duterte government to disown the petition

PETITION. IBP's former national president Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo (3rd from right) and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno (utmost left) take a photo with some of the fishermen who were named in the petition against the Duterte government over 'neglect' of the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of the IBP

Lawyer asks Supreme Court to investigate IBP over 'Bikoy' issue

May 27, 2019 - 5:58 PM

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio says in a 3-page letter filed with the office of Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin it was 'highly improper' for the IBP to allow political use of their premises

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

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

IBP in hot water over Bikoy; heads face disbarment complaint

May 10, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida also calls for the resignation of current national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo, whose term is expiring on June 30

DISBARMENT COMPLAINT. The Kabalikat Partylist filed on Friday, May 10, before the Supreme Court disbarment complaint against IBP national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo (R) and incoming president and Current vice-chairman Domingo Egon Cayosa. (L) Photos by Rappler

IBP declines Bikoy's request for legal aid

May 08, 2019 - 11:10 AM

'Mr Advincula may not be provided free legal assistance based on the standards provided for in the National Center for Legal Aid Manual of Operations in approving such requests,' says the IBP

DENIED. Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy's request for legal aid is denied by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Bikoy surfaces, asks help from IBP to sue Paolo Duterte, Bong Go

May 06, 2019 - 3:15 PM

(4th UPDATE) The man called Bikoy surfaces as Peter Joemel Advincula, seeking to sue Paolo Duterte, Bong Go, and Manases Carpio

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

SC to gov't: Explain red-tagging, West PH Sea neglect

May 05, 2019 - 3:20 PM

In the case of the writ of amparo for human rights lawyers, it's President Rodrigo Duterte himself who must submit a response to the Supreme Court

RETURN OF WRITS. President Rodrigo Duterte and his government must submit a return of the writs of amparo and kalikasan issued to human rights lawyers who have sued them for army harrassment and West Philippine Sea neglect.

Lawyers score SC victories vs army harassment, West PH Sea neglect

May 03, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Writs of amparo and kalikasan are issued on the same day in favor of human rights groups which sued the Duterte administration in two separate petitions

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Foreign delegation probing lawyer killings in PH claims heavy surveillance

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:34 PM

Both the police and the military snub the international delegation of lawyers who managed to secure interviews with prosecutors and judges

SURVEYED. The 9-man international delegation of lawyers who visited the Philippines to investigate 37 cases of lawyer killings claim heavy surveillance during their stay. Photo by Lian Buan/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

Assess lawyers, judges regularly – IBP executive VP

Feb 19, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Assessing lawyers and judges regularly is important to maintain judicial independence, says IBP executive vice president Egon Cayosa

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 hits DOJ for 'mischief' in Trillanes case

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:30 PM

'The chaos that may result from the endeavors to bring Senator Trillanes to face 'justice' ironically undermines our systems,' says the Integrated Bar of the Philippines

Makati court can't just reopen Trillanes case – IBP

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:34 AM

'A judgment that has become final can no longer be disturbed except to correct clerical errors,' says IBP national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo

Sen Antonio Trillanes holds a press conference saying he will be under the custody of the Senate for now. Arresting CIDG team meanwhile are deployed for a possible arrest. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

International Criminal Court issue will mark Duterte presidency

Sep 01, 2018 - 1:54 PM

‘He made his drug war a central point. How he handles the many deaths being committed around it will mark his presidency,’ says an international human rights lawyer

PH staying in International Criminal Court 'insurance' vs impunity

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:01 PM

It is not only a question of whether courts are working, but also if there is an effective investigation at the prosecutorial level

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Arrest of lawyers in Makati bar 'very grave cause for concern' – IBP

Aug 17, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president Abdiel Fajardo reminds the police that lawyers too 'are officers of the court'

OBSTRUCTION? Cops detain lawyers at the Makati Police Station on August 16, 2018, for taking notes and photos during a police inventory of a raided bar. Photo courtesy of the Southern Police District

Duterte hits IBP for opposing warrantless arrest of 'tambays'

Jul 07, 2018 - 10:39 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte dares Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president Abdiel Fajardo to bring him to the Supreme Court

NOTHING WRONG. President Rodrigo Duterte maintains his stance that there is nothing wrong with his order of arresting tambays. Malacañang file photo

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

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

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

Evading probes? The many times Duterte admin didn't give drug war documents

Mar 06, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Requests for documents related to the government's anti-drug campaign by various local bodies were mostly rejected and the reasons cited – if their letters were even given a reply at all – all point towards protecting national security

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

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'