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LIST: Judges, prosecutors, lawyers killed under Duterte gov't

Nov 08, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Members of the judiciary are not spared from the culture of impunity

Malacañang condemns killing of human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos

Nov 07, 2018 - 7:58 PM

Blaming Ramos' slaying on the government is 'baseless' and 'reckless,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

'Mabinay 6' lawyer shot dead in Negros Occidental

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:11 AM

(UPDATED) Human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos was in front of a store near the public plaza in Kabankalan City when he was shot at close range by two unidentified men

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER. People'€™s lawyer Benjamin Ramos is gunned down by unidentified assailants in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, on November 6, 2018. Photo courtesy of National Union of Peoples' Lawyers

Lawyers press military to transfer Palparan to Bilibid

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) The military says that pending the appeal of Palparan's conviction, they will keep custody of the former general

Former AFP General Jovito Palparan being escorted by military during promulgation at the Bulacan Regional Trial Court on September 17, 2018. Palparan was guilty on Kidnapping for Serious Illegal Detention. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After Palparan conviction, lawyers target Gloria Arroyo

Sep 17, 2018 - 3:51 PM

‘We are looking at the angle of command responsibility of Palparan’s commander-in-chief Gloria Macapagal Arroyo,’ says private prosecutor Edre Olalia

Former AFP General Jovito Palparan being escorted by military during promulgation at the Bulacan Regional Trial Court on September 17, 2018. Palparan was guilty on Kidnapping for Serious Illegal Detention. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

NUPL: Justice finally catches up with the 'Butcher' Palparan

Sep 17, 2018 - 12:03 PM

The conviction of retired army major general Jovito Palparan sends a message that 'rightful retribution will come in time' against human rights violators, the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers says

JOVITO PALPARAN. A Bulacan court affirms the kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges against retired military general Jovito Palparan, Rappler 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

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.

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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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

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 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.

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

Olalia: Veloso family had ‘bittersweet’ visit in Indonesia

Jan 16, 2016 - 3:00 PM

NUPL lawyer Edre Olalia says the reunion also brings together Indonesian lawyers the DFA the Philippine embassy in Jakarta and Filipino legal counsels

Veloso family with their lawyers conducts a press briefing ater return from Indonesia. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

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