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Drug war documents submitted to Supreme Court 'rubbish'

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Law group Center for International Law or CenterLaw wants to cite in contempt the Office the Solicitor General and the Philippine National Police

DOCUMENTS. The Supreme Court has compelled the Duterte government to submit thousands of documents related to 20,322 drug-related deaths from July 2016 to November 2017.

Mideast anger over Trump's Golan vow 'breaking international law'

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:10 PM

(UPDATED) In an angry retort, the Syrian government says US President Donald Trump's comments disregarded international law

SYRIA REACTION. A file photo taken on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on August 27, 2018 shows members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force Zone using a binocular to look towards the Syrian side of the Golan Heights as smoke billows during clashes between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels over the control of the Quneitra border crossing. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

[OPINION] Lawyers of the Philippines, unite!

Aug 17, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Prof. Desierto is right about JV, Lenie, and RB: 'They could be you. They could be me. Today it's them. Just look in the mirror. Tomorrow it can be any of us.'

PH lawyers are amused with Duterte’s ICC arguments

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'This would get a failing mark in any criminal law, remedial law, or public international law class,' says an international law professor

WITHDRAWAL. President Rodrigo Duterte announces the withdrawal of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Duterte can't void ratification of Rome Statute over non-publication – CenterLaw

Mar 15, 2018 - 3:36 PM

The Center for International Law says President Rodrigo Duterte's claim that the Philippines was misled into joining the International Criminal Court is 'erroneous'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque on the sidelines of the 22nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

WATCH: The International Criminal Court process

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The International Criminal Court aims to help end impunity by perpetrators of the most serious offenses such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of aggression

Philippines’ 12 biggest cases of 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:18 PM

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

BIGGEST CASES. Characters of the pork barrel scam are back on the spotlight while their 'jailer' Leila de Lima ends up in prison for 3 counts of drug trade.

Harry Roque to address ICC assembly on PH drug war

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The Presidential Spokesman might bring up the possibility of the Philippines withdrawing from the ICC in his December 7 speech

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, in a press conference at the International Media Center (IMC) on the final day of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s participation in the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) in Da Nang City, Vietnam on November 11, 2017, reveals the reason why the President opted not to attend the APEC Gala Night. Roque said the President had to attend to a more important matter concerning four Vietnamese sailors who were rescued from the Abu Sayyaf Group captors. Roque, however, reported that one of the four rescued sailors was already found dead. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sotto: Nueva Ecija facility can be used as mega drug enforcement academy

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Senator Vicente Sotto III says the 10,000-bed mega treatment and rehabilitation center can be made as an extension of the present PDEA academy

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

Lawyers do dirty groundwork to fight Duterte’s drug war

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:01 PM

'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.'

LAWYERS VS DRUG WAR. Cristina Antonio and Krissy Conti are among the lawyers taking on President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

Roque-founded law firm vows to continue fighting Duterte's drug war

Oct 29, 2017 - 11:09 AM

Harry Roque left the human rights-focused law firm Centerlaw in 2016 upon election to Congress

DRUG WAR CASES. Efren Morillo (in a baseball cap) is assisted by lawyers of CenterLaw as he files murder charges against policemen before the Office of the Ombudsman on March 2, 2017. Photo by Rappler

Lawyers' group asks SC to issue new rules for EJKs

Apr 27, 2017 - 11:11 AM

An extrajudicial killing is an outright breach of law And regardless of the fact that the suspect may have fought the police it is not for the police to write off the crime and proclaim that the killing was justified CenterLaw tells the Supreme Court

DRUG WAR. 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Apr 27, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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1st petition vs Oplan TokHang filed at SC

Jan 26, 2017 - 12:30 PM

UPDATED The petition stems from the killing of 4 drug suspects in Payatas Quezon City during an anti drug operation by cops

Top UN court to decide fate of Marshall Islands' epic nuclear case

Oct 05, 2016 - 11:25 AM

The UN s highest court will rule on whether to take up a case brought by the tiny Marshall Islands against India Pakistan and Britain for allegedly failing to halt the nuclear arms race

The mushroom cloud of a 1945 nuclear bomb test at the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. AFP photo/STF

Do we let greed continue running the world?

Jul 14, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Once our President makes a decision it will be binding on us on our children and on our children s children I do hope we get the answer right before it is too late

UN sea law lays down the rules for the planet's oceans

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Take a look at key facts on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea UNCLOS

epa05165512 (FILE) A file picture dated 20 July 2011 and taken through the window of a closed aircraft, shows an aerial view of Pagasa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea, located off the coast of western Philippines. China has deployed two batteries of sophisticated surface-to-air missile launchers to a disputed island in the South China Sea, news reports said on 17 February 2016. Satellite imagery from ImageSat International showed two batteries of eight missile launchers on Woody Island, part of the contested Paracel Islands, media reported. A US official confirmed that the imagery showed the HQ-9 air defense system, which has a range of around 200km, the report said. The report came as US President Barack Obama met with South-East Asian leaders in California, where they called for 'maritime security' and urged 'non-militarization and self-restraint' by countries in the region. Beijing claims nearly all of the South China Sea, including small islands that are hundreds of kilometers from its southern coast. Four countries in South-East Asia have unresolved territorial disputes with China over the South China Sea, which has important shipping lanes and potential oil and other natural resources. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA/POOL

Lawyers' group opposes death penalty, 'shoot-to-kill' policy

May 21, 2016 - 1:31 PM

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

'ILLEGAL'. The Free Legal Assistance Group calls on President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to abandon his plans to restore death penalty and to impose a 'shoot-to-kill' policy.

Comelec hit for crackdown on false claims of fraud

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:39 PM

Human rights group Centerlaw says the Comelec’s threat of prosecution produces a chilling effect on free speech

COMELEC WARNING. The Comelec says voters who falsely claim election fraud might face prosecution. The Philippines on May 9, 2016, is holding its 3rd automated elections using the machines of technology provider Smartmatic. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Palace to UN body: Only PH courts can decide on Gloria Arroyo

Oct 08, 2015 - 11:24 AM

The Philippine government or any international body for that matter cannot interfere nor influence the course of an independent judicial proceeding says Malacañang

DUE PROCESS FOR GMA. Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr says former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been accorded due process. File photo by Rodolfo Manabat/Malacañang Photo Bureau

MH17 families sue Ukraine rebel for $900 million

Jul 16, 2015 - 10:20 PM

Relatives of 17 victims are being represented by a US based firm specialising in aviation litigation which is claiming at least 50 million for each of the plaintiffs loved ones

Former UP Law dean elected to Int'l Criminal Court

Jun 25, 2015 - 1:16 AM

Pangalangan is elected with 59 votes He will serve for 9 years on the international court

Lawyers ask UN to seek 'humanitarian release' of Arroyo

Mar 10, 2015 - 8:23 PM

Modesto Ticman one of Arroyo s Philippine lawyers says Amal Clooney believes the filing of the human rights complaint at the United Nations is the only move left

Japan inches closer to major power status

Jul 30, 2014 - 7:00 AM

With the change in paradigm over Japan s security posture comes an increased role in international geopolitical affairs

MILITARY POWER. Japanese soldiers from the 22nd Infantry Regiment of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force train in urban assault with American soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade during an exercise at Fort Lewis’ Leschi Town. Photo courtesy of US Army

PH faces major hurdle in China case

Mar 12, 2014 - 7:11 AM

Does the arbitral tribunal have jurisdiction over the historic case? The Philippines will have to wait until 2015 Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza says

Arbitration will not solve WPS dispute - expert

Feb 03, 2013 - 10:25 PM

The case will lead to a scenario similar to the current one according to UP professor Jay Batongbacal

COURT WILL DECIDE The Philippines will take China to international court over their territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Graphic by Mich Garcia

Indian panel recommends tougher sex crime sentences

Jan 23, 2013 - 9:25 PM

A government panel reviewing India s sex crime laws after the fatal gang rape of a student in New Delhi proposed tougher jail terms but stopped short of calling for the death sentence

'HANG RAPISTS.' Indian university students shout slogans during protest march in New Delhi on December 31, 2012. The family of an Indian gang-rape victim said they would not rest until her killers are hanged as they spoke of their own pain and trauma over a crime that has united the country in grief. AFP PHOTO/ RAVEENDRAN

Chinese congress in South China Sea city

Jul 18, 2012 - 9:55 AM

Further flexing its political muscle China plans to establish a legislative body in Sansha in the disputed South China Sea

GOVERNMENT SEAT. Sansha City's top government office is found on a South China Sea island called Yongxing. File photo from china.org.cn