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Lawyers' groups condemn murder of defense attorney Rafael Atotubo

Aug 27, 2018 - 12:25 AM

'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

What did lawyers, police do wrong in Makati bar raid?

Aug 20, 2018 - 8:55 PM

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?

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

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

Will govt be compelled to submit TokHang documents? SC to decide

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:30 PM

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'

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.

Calida: Drug war petitions part of 'destabilization' moves

Nov 28, 2017 - 4:53 PM

(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

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC's Leonen: Drug list violates fundamental rights

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:00 PM

'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

SC Chief Justice Sereno directs Dela Rosa to appear for EJK oral arguments

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:15 PM

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

Solicitor General Jose Calida with other lawyers in defence of the government attend the start of the oral argument on the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war at the Supreme Court in Manila on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Leonen: Circulars declared unconstitutional won't stop gov't from fighting drugs

Nov 21, 2017 - 5:06 PM

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

Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) chairman Jose Manuel Diokno leads other lawyers as they attend the start of the oral argument on the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war at the Supreme Court in Manila on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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.

Was the PNP’s war on drugs illegal? Here’s why lawyers think so

Oct 15, 2017 - 10:30 AM

The Free Legal Assistance Group asks the SC the opportunity to present oral arguments for the public to hear

ILLEGAL? The Free Legal Assistance Group asks the Supreme Court to void the PNP circular that operationalized the war on drugs.

Bautista impeachment, SWS, PDEA | Evening wRap

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:35 PM

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Lawyers file petition to declare drug war circulars unconstitutional

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The petitions of the human rights lawyers are the most comprehensive in terms of coverage when it comes to challenging the war on drugs

PETITON. Lawyers Felix Mariñas (foreground) and Jose Manuel "Chel" Diokno of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) lead the filing of petitions on October 11, 2017 to invalidate circulars which 'operationalize' the war on drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

No cause more worthy: Ka Pepe Diokno's fight for human rights

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Statesman Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno is regarded as the father of human rights advocacy in the Philippines

Diokno defined courage for the Martial Law generation

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:19 AM

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'

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER. Statesman Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno during one of the anti-Martial Law demonstrations. Photo from Diokno Foundation

Robredo on Kian's killing: It could happen to our children

Aug 20, 2017 - 4:01 PM

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

KIAN'S WAKE. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks with Saldy and Lorenza delos Santos, parents of slain 17-year-old Kian Loyd, on August 20, 2017. Photo from Office of the Vice President

De Lima, lawyers petition SC to compel Congress to convene on martial law

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:29 AM

UPDATED The petition for mandamus has the support of 331 lawyers who signed the annex included in the petition

PETITIONERS. Lawyers file a petition with the Supreme Court asking it to compel Congress to convene and deliberate on martial law. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler  PETITIONERS. Lawyers file a petition with the Supreme Court asking it to compel Congress to convene and deliberate on martial law. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Drug Issues, Different Perspectives – A Policy Forum

May 05, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Bookmark this page for highlights of the drug policy forum

Diokno's vision for PH as 'nation for our children' not yet realized

Feb 27, 2017 - 6:20 PM

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

Lascañas' affidavit: Grisly stories 'just tip of bloody iceberg'

Feb 27, 2017 - 10:15 AM

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, stop being an embarrassment to the Bisaya!

Feb 24, 2017 - 9:30 PM

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 intawon paka-ulawi ang mga Bisaya!

Feb 24, 2017 - 9:00 PM

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

Lascañas ready to face perjury, murder charges – lawyer

Feb 21, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The retired Davao cop the second confessed member of the Davao Death Squad knows that his revelations have repercussions his lawyer says

READY FOR CHARGES. Retired SPO3 Arturo "Arthur" Lascañas reveals everything he knows about the Davao Death Squad and President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged kill orders. Photo by Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 21, 2017

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:32 AM

Hello Here s a round up of news you need to know this Tuesday

Meet Lascañas' battle-tested FLAG lawyers

Feb 20, 2017 - 5:13 PM

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

HUMAN RIGHTS. The Free Legal Assistance Group is a human rights lawyers organization committed to the protection and promotion of human rights and civil liberties. Photo from FLAG Blogspot

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.