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[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Are extraordinary writs still effective in the time of Duterte?

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:26 PM

Listen to this podcast as we go back to 2007, parse the loopholes in the rules of these writs, and try to imagine where we are headed with the current Supreme Court

No, DILG Usec, privilege of writ of habeas corpus not suspended

Mar 23, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus empowers authorities to arrest and detain anyone without a court order. But we are not under martial law.

HUMAN RIGHTS. DILG Usec Martin Diño tells a radio show human rights disappear in a public health emergency. File photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler


SC decision allows 'coward' Duterte to hide behind OP – De Lima

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:15 PM

'I’ve always believed that the presidential immunity from suit is meant for the Office, not the man who abuses its powers and destroys its dignity,' says Senator Leila de Lima

ATTACK. President Rodrigo Duterte has chastised Senator Leila de Lima in several speeches in the past.

Duterte wins De Lima habeas data case at Supreme Court

Jan 22, 2020 - 3:41 PM

The Supreme Court unanimously rules that the President is immune from suit

In Duterte's wars vs criminality, are protective legal remedies weaker?

Nov 07, 2019 - 8:33 PM

The Court of Appeals refuses to act on the petition of Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso to have his name stricken off President Duterte's narco list

NARCOLIST. Administration ally Representative Vicente Veloso is facing an administrative complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman after being included in President Rodrigo Duterte's narcolist. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Environmental lawyer asks court for Writ of Kalikasan to stop tree cutting in Cebu

Oct 07, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Environmental lawyer Benjamin Cabrido Jr. hopes to get a temporary restraining order to stop the cutting of more trees in Cebu

TREES. An environmental lawyer asks for a temporary restraining order on cutting trees in Cebu. File photo by Rappler

Habeas corpus filed at SC for release of youth activist held by army

Sep 23, 2019 - 3:45 PM

The military wants Alexandrea Pacalda to register herself as a communist rebel returnee

HABEAS CORPUS. A petition for habeas corpus is filed with the Supreme Court on September 23, 2019, to demand the release of youth activist Alexandrea Pacalda who is in the custody of the military. Photo from Karapatan

BuCor officials detained for contempt sue Senate at Court of Appeals

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:12 PM

The officials want Senators Gordon and Sotto to face the Court of Appeals and answer for their detention

DETAINED. Three Bureau of Corrections officials are detained at the Senate on Sept 12, 2019 (from L to R): Bilibid hospital doctor Ursicio Cenas, BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos, and BuCor documents chief Ramoncito Roque. Rappler screenshots

Marikina mayor offers P200,000 reward for 'culprit' in pig carcasses dumping

Sep 18, 2019 - 10:45 AM

Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro says the city government will file a writ of kalikasan before the Marikina Regional Trial Court following the incident

WATER SAMPLING. Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro (2nd, left) oversees water sampling in an area in Marikina River following the discovery of dumped pig carcasses there. Photo from Marikina LGU

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

NUPL blasts 'ineffective' writ of amparo after CA junks protection plea

Jul 29, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Is the writ of amparo still an effective remedy in the time of President Rodrigo Duterte?

RED-TAGGING. The National Union of Peoples' Laywers (NUPL) holds a protest after filing a petition at Supreme Court on April 15, 2019, after the Armed Forces of the Philippines tagged them as communists. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte admin dismisses red-tagging petition as 'implausible'

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Human rights lawyers are on a slight disadvantage because the Court of Appeals has already denied their request for a protection order

WRIT OF AMPARO. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) await the decision of the Court of Appeals on their petition for a writ of amparo. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

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

'Na-Recto 22,' Diokno says of fishermen withdrawing from West PH Sea petition

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:02 AM

'Hindi lang kahina-hinala na patagong nakipag-usap ang gobyerno sa mga kliyente namin, labag din sa legal ethics yan. Mukhang na-Recto 22 na naman ang mga Pilipino,' says human rights lawyer Chel Diokno

PETITION. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno represents fishermen in a petition that accuses the Duterte government of neglecting the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Calida: Fishermen disown West PH Sea petition

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) Solicitor General Jose Calida claims that the lawyers for petitioners have agreed in a closed-door meeting to junk the case altogether

DISOWNED? Solicitor General Jose Calida secures the affidavit of 19 fishermen who disown the West Philippine Sea petition filed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on their behalf. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aquino’s SC appointees lean toward Duterte in West PH Sea case

Jul 02, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Justices Estela Perlas Bernabe, Francis Jardeleza, and Benjamin Caguioa seem inclined to dismiss the petition that accuses the Duterte government of neglect in the West Philippine Sea

SUPREME COURT associate justices Estela Perlas Bernabe, Francis Jardeleza, and Benjamin Caguioa

Justice Reyes: Instead of West PH Sea, spend on Pasig river

Jul 02, 2019 - 6:56 PM

Other Duterte appointees in the Supreme Court defend President Duterte in a petition that accuses the government of neglect in the West Philippine Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr defends President Rodrigo Duterte in an ongoing petition accusing the government of neglect in the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Carpio inhibits from West PH Sea case vs Duterte gov't

Jul 02, 2019 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'I voluntarily inhibited for the peace of mind of the Solicitor General,' says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

INHIBIT. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio voluntarily inhibits from a Writ of Kalikasan petition that accuses the Duterte government of neglect in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rights groups fail to get court protection from army harassment

Jun 29, 2019 - 2:18 PM

'There is no evidence of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, malicious prosecutions, and defamations,' says the Court of Appeals

AMPARO HEARING. Karapatan's Cristina Palabay talks to media after the first and last hearing of the Court of Appeals on their writ of amparo petition on June 18, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Rights group denied chance to present evidence in red-tagging hearing

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:23 PM

The Court of Appeals 14th Division submits the case for decision without allowing human rights group Karapatan to present testimonies and witnesses

AMPARO HEARING. Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay expresses disappointment over the Court of Appeals waiving their right to present evidence in the group's writ of amparo case. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Generals snub red-tagging hearing at Court of Appeals

Jun 06, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The generals, including national security adviser Hermogenes Esperon and defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana, are required to attend the hearing on July 11

WRIT OF AMPARO. (L-R) Human rights lawyers Rachel Pastores, Czarina Musni and Edre Olalia attend a hearing before the Court of Appeals on June 6, 2019, on the writ of amparo accusing the Philippine military of red-tagging and harassment. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Supreme Court issues writ of amparo in favor of rights groups

May 30, 2019 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court directs the Court of Appeals to hear the petition of Gabriela, Karapatan, and the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines on June 18

TRIAL. The Supreme Court of the Philippines gives the go signal to Sandiganbayan trial of Morong 43 army generals and police officers. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/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

Duterte threatens to suspend writ of habeas corpus, declare 'revolutionary war'

Apr 04, 2019 - 8:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte, outraged at criticisms of his order to review all government contracts, slams Senator Franklin Drilon and threatens to arrest 'all' his critics

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at One Pinagtipunan Circle in Malabon City on April 2, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Police's intel list of ACT teachers 'violates right to privacy'

Jan 07, 2019 - 1:15 PM

(UPDATED) Human rights lawyer Romel Bagares points out that 'there is no law saying membership in ACT is a crime'

PROTEST. Teachers slam moves of the PNP to list members and those aligned with the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) at a picket on January 7, 2019. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Malacañang tells activist priest to file writ of amparo

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:38 PM

'It can be filed in the lower courts and it will be acted upon expeditiously,' Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque assures Father Amado 'Picx' Picardal

Father Amado "Picx" Picardal walks his bike out of the Baclaran Church after his sendoff mass on Wednesday.  Photo by Eloisa Lopez / Rappler.com

Con-Com wants environmental rights in new constitution

Mar 26, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Self-executing environmental rights would be part of the bill of rights of the new federal constitution, says Consultative Committee Chairman Reynato Puno

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

HIGHLIGHTS: Justices grill Calida on operational loopholes of Oplan TokHang

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:08 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno questions the regularity of police raids during ungodly hours

LOOPHOLES. Solicitor General Jose Calida is put on the spot to defend what some justices deem as loopholes in Oplan TokHang and the government's anti-drug campaign.

Destabilization or ripe for suspension? Day 2 of SC drug war oral arguments

Nov 29, 2017 - 9:23 AM

Here are highlights of the second day of Supreme Court oral arguments on the constitutionality of Oplan Tokhang in the government's war on drugs

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: What was discussed in SC oral arguments on drug war?

Nov 22, 2017 - 12:17 PM

Here's a summary of the most important points raised during the petitioners' round in the Supreme Court oral arguments on the war on drugs

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno leads other justices in deliberating the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war during the start of the oral argument at the Supreme Court in Manila on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Do not be afraid to be minority': Chief Justice Sereno, 5 years on

Aug 27, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Five years after she was appointed the first female Chief Justice of the Philippines Maria Lourdes Sereno faces impeachment threats Is she a target of the Duterte administration?

'IT DOES NOT AFFECT ME.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses the impeachment threats against her during a media forum in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Sereno: Special committee evaluating rules to address extrajudicial killings

Aug 24, 2017 - 5:18 PM

The reforms are stirred by empathy for marginalized Filipinos who feel the justice system is rigged against them says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

WHAT CAN WE DO? Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says on August 24, 2017, that a special committee on human rights is evaluating what can be done so the judiciary can better address extrajudicial killings. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Slippery slope of martial law

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:15 AM

We come to the core of the Lagman vs Medialdea martial law decision – how the Court applies the sufficiency of the factual basis test

Martial law extension and the Supreme Court

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:45 AM

We analyze the recent Supreme Court decision which upheld President Duterte’s Proclamation No 216 to discern how the Court might answer anticipated petitions in the event of an extension of martial law in Mindanao

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May 31, 2017 - 9:22 PM

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Duterte may suspend writ of habeas corpus in Visayas

May 31, 2017 - 6:11 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says this plan is just a precautionary measure in case terrorists transfer venue to the Visayas

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the troopers of the Joint TaSk Force (JTF) Sulu prior to his visit to the wounded soldiers at Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu on May 27, 2017. Joining the President are Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Eduardo Año, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa and JTF Sulu Commander Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana among others. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Why Mindanao lawyers have qualms about martial law

May 28, 2017 - 3:58 PM

A Maranao lawyer suggests the deployment of women soldiers or Muslim women soldiers to checkpoints and the inclusion of sensitivity to culture and religion in the implementing guidelines

Ano-ano ang dapat mong malaman tungkol sa martial law?

May 27, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Ayon sa 1987 Konstitusyon maaaring pigilan o palawigin ng Kongreso ang pagdeklara ng martial law Maaari ring pag aralan o pigilan ng Korte Suprema ito

BATAS MILITAR. Idineklara ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang batas militar sa buong Mindanao. Larawan nina Bobby Lagsa, Noel Celis

Questions you need to ask about martial law in Mindanao

May 25, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Martial law is meant to give the military control over its coverage area when the civilian government could no longer function

CRISIS IN MARAWI. Residents of Marawi City fleeing the armed clashes between government forces and the Maute Group arrives in Iligan on May 24, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/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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Appeals court rules in favor of Masbate gold mine

Mar 16, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Petitioners simply failed to substantiate their claims that any environmental damage is directly attributable to Filminera s mining activities

NO WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Open pit mining operation by Filminera Resources Corp. in Aroroy, Masbate. Rappler file photo

Supreme Court junks road sharing petition

Mar 07, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The petition seeks to compel the government to limit cars to half of the roads but the High Court denies it

CAR-CENTRIC. Petitioners walk through Taft Avenue, one of the busiest streets in Manila, to reach the Supreme Court. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

SC issues another writ of amparo vs local cops

Feb 21, 2017 - 5:06 PM

The SC also issues a protection order prohibiting policemen from going within a kilometer of the victim s widow

ANOTHER AMPARO. The Supreme Court, for the second time, grants writ of amparo against local cops involved in the killings of drug suspects. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CA issues permanent protection order for 'Tokhang' victims in Payatas

Feb 12, 2017 - 12:09 PM

This is the second court victory for the first ever case filed against President Rodrigo Duterte s Oplan TokHang

SC issues writ of amparo favoring anti-Oplan TokHang petitioners

Jan 31, 2017 - 6:58 PM

Relatives of alleged drug suspects earlier filed a petition seeking the suspension of Oplan TokHang operations and protection from alleged police harassment

WRIT OF AMPARO. The SC issues a writ of amparo in favor of petitioners against Oplan TokHang operations in Quezon City. Rappler file photo