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Jovito Palparan, the once powerful general, is now in Bilibid

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:41 PM

'The mothers as well as the other victims and their relatives can sleep at peace for now,' says the National Union of People's Lawyers

'THE BUTCHER' IN BILIBID. Retired Major General Jovito Palparan stays in a crowded quarantine jail facility inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Trillanes amnesty revocation: ‘Duterte reinventing the law’

Sep 04, 2018 - 12:45 PM

‘Duterte is reinventing or redefining the law to suit political agenda,’ says Edre Olalia of the NUPL

IN CEBU. President Duterte gestures as he delivers his speech during the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Visayas Island Cluster Conference at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City on August 21, 2018. Presidential file photo

New Chief Justice De Castro must prove 'independence, impartiality'

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:22 PM

'The new Chief Justice will have to credibly address uncomplimentary views about her independence and impartiality,' says the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers

'UNPRECEDENTED.' In this file photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro serves as resource person in a House of Representatives committee hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on November 29, 2017, a first in history. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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?

Climate of fear: Justice remains elusive 2 years into Duterte's drug war

Jun 28, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it has never before encountered the magnitude of killings seen under President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign. It is now struggling to keep up with investigations.

Supreme Court upholds CA ruling to give protection to human rights lawyer

May 22, 2018 - 1:38 PM

'What the respondent obviously established is that the threats to her right to life, liberty and security were neither imaginary nor contrived, but real and probable,' says the SC in upholding the Court of Appeals' ruling in favor of lawyer Maria Catherine Dannug-Salucon, who accused the military of harassment

HIGH COURT. The facade of the Supreme Court building

LOOK: UPLB students hold indignation protest against Sereno ouster

May 15, 2018 - 8:38 PM

UPLB student council chairperson Charm Maranan urges the UPLB community to join their call in resisting the tyranny of the Duterte administration

Lawyers counting on 'swing votes' to reverse Sereno ouster

May 15, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Edre Olalia of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) says it is up to Justices Andres Reyes Jr and Alexander Gesmundo to ‘change their minds’. There is also the curious case of Justice Francis Jardeleza.

A group of lawyers led by the National Union of Progressive Lawyers troop the Supreme Court on May 15, 2018 to protest the quo warranto decision against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

Boracay workers file 1st petition vs closure at Supreme Court

Apr 25, 2018 - 1:18 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque asserts, 'Unless a TRO is issued, the planned closure of Boracay to tourists shall proceed'

Lawyers from the National Union of People's Lawyers standing as representatives of residents and workers from the famous Boracay Island file a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction on the 6-month closure of the Boracay beach before the Supreme Curt in Manila on April 25, 2018. Photo Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Women fighting: Widows, mothers of drug war casualties come together

Mar 10, 2018 - 8:13 AM

'For every tokhang victim, there is a woman wailing beside,' says human rights lawyer Neri Colmenares. These same women will take the Duterte administration, and perpetrators and enablers, to account

PAIN. This night is forever etched in the memory of Nanette Castillo. The night unindentified gunmen shot and killed her son, Aldrin in front of their house in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

SC orders government to answer petition vs tax reform law

Jan 23, 2018 - 3:14 PM

(UPDATED) The House Makabayan bloc says the law is invalid because the ratification that occurred at the Lower House violated rules

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos led supporters gather infront of the Supreme Court on October 17, 2016 for a mass and to call for the immediate burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

QC court urged to rule on legality of house-to-house drug testing

Jan 19, 2018 - 3:59 PM

QC policemen say they have stopped doing drug tests, but petitioners argue that 'repetition remains high'

A Philippine policeman stands guard as people queue to register with the police during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan on July 18, 2016. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Manila court orders arrest of Tiamzons

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:40 PM

But the communist leaders' lawyers say the rearrest is a violation since peace talks were 'not terminated properly'

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End martial law? Lorenzana warns vs another Marawi

Jan 08, 2018 - 4:58 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is rebellion in Mindanao. Until the rebellion is quelled, there is reason to extend Martial Law and suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus,' Solicitor General Jose Calida tells the Supreme Court

CONTINUING REBELLION. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the government is preparing to defend the extension of martial law before the Supreme Court

NUPL lawyers file SC petition to stop martial law extension

Jan 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) Progressive groups say it's unconstitutional to extend martial law when there is no actual rebellion, and that President Rodrigo Duterte is really targeting dissenters and activists

Mary Jane Veloso’s lawyers slam CA decision to block her testimony

Jan 05, 2018 - 6:37 PM

'Just let her speak out and let her story stand on its own. Or shall we wait for her to be sent to the gallows with her mouth gagged?' says the National Union of People's Lawyers

SAVE MARY JANE. The supposed execution of OFW Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia in 2015 was met by public outcry and international scrutinity, that pushed both the Phlippine and Indonesian governments to take extra steps which eventually resulted in a reprieve from death sentence. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

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

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

Bar examinees urged: Become people's lawyers, human rights defenders

Nov 05, 2017 - 10:08 AM

The National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL) addresses bar examinees in an open letter just in time for bar examinations

LAWYERS. 2016 Bar passers take oath before justices of the Supreme Court. Photo by Ben Nabong/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

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.

Murder complaints filed vs Manila cops over EJKs

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:44 PM

Complaints of planting of evidence, gross misconduct, grave abuse of authority, gross oppression, and conduct unbecoming of a public officer are also filed against the police officers

VICTIM OF EJK? Normita Lopez files murder complaints against Manila cops for the death of his son Djastin. Photo by Rappler

SC's low standards may be precedent to nationwide martial law – petitioner

Jul 04, 2017 - 2:46 PM

Napakababa ng standards na in allow ng Supreme Court para sa Presidente para sa pagdedeklara ng martial law precedent ito sa pagdeklara ng martial law sa buong Pilipinas says Cristina Yambot of NUPL

SC PETITION. NUPL's Cristina Yambot is concerned the SC decision opens doors to a declaration of martial law nationwide. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Kin of TokHang victim file murder complaint vs Superintendent Duterte

Mar 15, 2017 - 11:34 AM

A family comes forward to seek justice for the death of loved ones who died in the name of President Rodrigo Duterte s war on drugs The main suspect happens to be the President s namesake

VICTIMS. Luis Bonifacio and son Gabriel Lois were killed in an alleged Tokhang operation last year. Rappler photo

76 Kidapawan farmers released, 2 more to post bail

Apr 16, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Police release the farmers over two weeks after their arrest

Veloso family on Mary Jane’s birthday: We want her home

Jan 11, 2016 - 8:42 AM

A day after her birthday Mary Jane Veloso s family is flying to Indonesia to visit the Filipina on death row

SET TO FLY. Mary Jane Veloso's parents Cesar and Celia and sons Mark Daniel (13) and Mark Darren (6) in the NAIA Terminal 2 on January 11. Rappler photo

Palace to SC: Clarify limits of Enrile bail decision

Aug 22, 2015 - 8:58 PM

The grant of bail based on humanitarian considerations is unchartered territory that has to be clarified says Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte

LIMITS? The High Court must define the parameters of its decision on Enrile's bail, says the Palace. File photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Lawyers to Sergio's alleged victims: 'Don't be intimidated'

Aug 09, 2015 - 1:16 AM

The National Union of Peoples Lawyers NUPL is concerned about the safety of the remaining complainants against alleged recruiters Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao

Alliance launched to save Mary Jane Veloso

May 31, 2015 - 7:20 PM

Supporters of Mary Jane Veloso mark the first month since Indonesia delayed the migrant Filipino s execution

Mary Jane Veloso conveys her gratitude to Aquino, Jokowi

May 06, 2015 - 2:14 PM

UPDATED Her sister Maritess Veloso Laurente says the family is also grateful and clarifies her mother s controversial statements Her mother and father thank Aquino too but said they cannot forgive him yet

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, warga Filipina yang divonis mati menangis di persidangan, Sleman, 3 Maret 2015. Foto oleh Bimo Satrio/EPA

A lawyer's call for unity: 'Save all Mary Jane Velosos'

May 06, 2015 - 9:35 AM

Future legal and political campaigns for Filipinos on death row abroad may be modelled or improved upon the SaveMaryJane efforts

Mary Jane Veloso and being on different sides of the elephant

May 02, 2015 - 7:30 AM

Who s telling the truth? And who s lying? I think this is a case of everybody touching different parts of the elephant I saw parts of what both sides saw

Mary Jane to eldest son: 'Be proud of your mother'

Apr 25, 2015 - 6:12 PM

UPDATED During the two hour family bonding Mary Jane Veloso remains calm and urges her family members not to feel sad She also gives separate messages to her boys

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso in tears during her case review hearing in March 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

The race to save Mary Jane Veloso from death

Apr 25, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Despite the filing of the second appeal for judicial review the execution of convicted drug courier Mary Jane Veloso may still push through

Mary Jane's last wish: Bring my body home

Apr 24, 2015 - 4:19 PM

The 30 year old mother of two who was sentenced to death in 2010 for attempting to smuggle 2 6 kilograms of heroin into Indonesia says she has accepted her fate

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, warga Filipina yang divonis mati menangis di persidangan, Sleman, 3 Maret 2015. Foto oleh Bimo Satrio/EPA

Deported Dutch activist: 'I don't regret it'

Aug 07, 2013 - 10:55 PM

Thomas van Beersum s Facebook post: Although I ve been blacklisted I will still firmly support the just struggle of the Filipino people for social and national liberation

BANNED FOR LIFE. Thomas van Beersum at NAIA's immigration office August 6 for his deportation proceedings.

Court extends SM Baguio TEPO

Apr 13, 2012 - 6:42 PM

The order remains in effect until the case pending in court is resolved