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To the children of Ben, I can assure you that wherever you go from now on, once people know that you are the children of Ben and Yesha Ramos, you will be looked up to, admired
The government's intensified campaign against communist rebels makes indigenous peoples vulnerable to violence; the specter of death underpins their lives like an active fault line
It's just a matter of time before Senator De Lima starts getting considered for the ultimate global award of all
One can only hope the judiciary, through Judge Andres Soriano and eventually through the Supreme Court, draw the line here and save the country from a future without the possibility of peace and national reconciliation
We have been calling for the new department for 5 years now, even before the 2013 Yolanda disaster. It would be fitting that we finally get this done on the fifth anniversary of that terrible event.
Right now, our efforts have been marred by bureaucratic squabbling and largely isolated activities
We seem to be inexorably sliding towards an extraconstitutional regime
This is the strong arm of the state at play. And in cases where the highest official of the land has a personal stake, even courts become a part of this strong arm, wittingly or unwittingly.
Will our lawmakers seize this golden opportunity or will they resign us to a future of unintended consequences?
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.'
There will be a fight for the hearts and minds of people in the region for them to approve of the Bangsamoro Organic Law in a plebiscite. President Rodrigo Duterte has to convince the political leaders to vote yes.
(UPDATED) In two years, President Rodrigo Duterte has convened the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council only 4 times
The Chief Justice can issue a statement rejecting her removal. But instead of asserting that she is still Chief Justice, she can say in her statement that she will once again take a leave of absence and return to the Court at the right time.
'If Duterte acts contrary to the law in the Carandang case, he is violating his oath of office and culpably violating the Constitution,' says legal expert Tony La Viña
Philippine legal procedure is horribly ill-equipped for 21st century transnational issues like human trafficking and modern slavery, the drug trade, terrorism, regional environmental degradation, money laundering, and the legal needs of the Filipino diaspora, all of which cross state borders
Is it impeachment overload at the House of Representatives?
Internal disagreements between and among members of the Court should not be the subject of an impeachment complaint
Questions related to land use, human rights and sustainable development are expected to come up in discussions in Bonn, as countries continue negotiations on the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement
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'
'To defeat fake news and bad views, we must also understand how we got to where we are now'
'How should fake news be regulated? Are new criminal and civil laws needed to address this problem?'
So if An Inconvenient Sequel isn t here to convince you that global warming is real if it s banking on you knowing what is it here to say?
Among the positive effects of this ruling is the declogging of court dockets and the cooperation of smalltime users or couriers to pin down drug lords
We have opened the Pandora’s box. One can only hope that we will be also to correct ourselves and restore impeachment to its rightful use as a means of accountability and not a political weapon that will only destroy this country.
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?
In this day and age extremism religious or otherwise has become the new opium of the people an addiction to the promise of paradise and its ultimate high is the assurance of going to heaven as a reward for martyrdom
We come to the core of the Lagman vs Medialdea martial law decision – how the Court applies the sufficiency of the factual basis test
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
That s the best part of the decision The Court made it clear that it had the power to review the President s decision says a legal expert of the SC ruling on the petitions against martial law in Mindanao
President Duterte has inherited problems from past administrations He must lead us away from ecological apocalypse by being bold and visionary
A political analyst economist and survey expert weigh in on the Duterte administration s successes and failures in its first year during a recent forum
In the event of a clash between Congress and the Supreme Court on martial law which will prevail?
Martial law administrator Delfin Lorenzana says military courts will be created if there s a need
We respect her passion we even admire her for that but being a secretary passion is not enough says Commission on Appointments member Josephine Ramirez Sato
Is a golden mean possible in mining? Yes but radical reforms in governance are necessary to get there
The commitment for us is really to make her life and death an opportunity to renew our strength says Grizelda Mayo Anda of the Environmental Legal Assistance Center
Environmental lawyers gather to remember the life of Mia Mascariñas Green who was killed in Bohol last February 15
The emergence of separate and distinct legal and judicial systems within the country need not necessarily divide Filipinos but it bears to recognize that such a threat does exist and it should at least cause one to think though the consequences of shifting to a federalist system
An adviser for presidential bet Grace Poe says events in the last few weeks may still have influenced soft and undecided voters
I choose a country that is happier – not afraid – and full of hope
From hereon there can be little doubt in our jurisprudence on the formidable basis for the natural born status of foundlings
The unintended consequence and worst nightmare of Poe s detractors have come to fruition Because of the timing of the decision the case unexpectedly gives her an immense advantage as the final stretch of the campaign begins
Those of us in Le Bourget the evening of December 12 2015 were genuinely happy with what we have achieved but we were also acutely aware that the hard work must continue in the years ahead
Servant leadership dedication discipline and adaptive management characterized Secretary de Guzman’s work in Paris The result was a cohesive and united Team Philippines
UPDATED One of the leading voices among vulnerable countries the Philippines intends to accept the final version of the UN climate agreement without any changes
What the Comelec s Second Division therefore added to jurisprudence in one legal leap is this: Former Filipinos can never be deemed residents of the Philippines ever again unless they are first repatriated under RA 9225
They fly to Paris France to ensure that the Philippines interests are represented in a landmark international climate change agreement
The next batch of leaders and lawmakers should map a policy direction that pushes for the compatibility of energy objectives with those of our commitments to improve also the health and environmental sectors
We need a single organization with whom the proverbial buck stops More importantly this organization should have access to sufficient funds manpower and resources to allow it to fulfill its mandate