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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

[OPINION] Living within the truth

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:36 PM

There are forces competing for our attention, pushing us to believe in thing or another. There is, in fact, a hidden war going on beneath the surface of our lives. It's a war between 'living within the truth' and 'living within the lies.'

Is the DOT’s media restriction in Boracay constitutional?

Apr 16, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Legal experts say there will be a solid case if media groups choose to challenge the restriction in court

IN CALAMITY? Boracay is one of the most popular beach destinations in the Philippines. File photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

'Decaying' justice system aiding crime, corruption in PH – lawyers

Mar 09, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Low conviction rates and long trial times make justice difficult to achieve and impunity rampant in the country, lawyers at the Rise, Resist, Unite against Tokhang and Tyranny forum say

Convenors and members of MANLABAN sa EJK pose for a photo at Rise, Resist, Unite against Tokhang and Tyranny at UP College of Law. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/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'

SC allows columnist to pursue counterclaim vs Enrile in libel case

Jan 24, 2018 - 12:14 PM

'The Supreme Court ruling is a victory for press freedom,' says Yolanda Ong's lawyer Jose Manuel Diokno

COUNTERCLAIM. The Supreme Court allows columnist Yolanda Ong to pursue her P88 million counterclaim against Juan Ponce Enrile.

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

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 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

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

LIVE: Supreme Court oral arguments on De Lima vs Guerrero

Mar 28, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Listen to the audio stream of the oral arguments on the petitions of detained Senator Leila de Lima

Powerhouse team to argue for De Lima in SC orals

Mar 14, 2017 - 11:57 AM

Who does Senator Leila de Lima have arguing for her in the Supreme Court? Veteran lawyers prosecutors and lawmakers

POWERHOUSE. (From left to right) Florin Hilbay, Chel Diokno, Alexander Padilla, Bobby Tañada and Rene Saguisag make up Senator Leila de Lima's legal team to defend her in the SC Oral Arguments.

Robredo hits 'growing culture of apathy, impunity, lies'

Feb 24, 2017 - 12:50 AM

What kind of message are we sending to our children when our leader says it is alright to kill? says Vice President Leni Robredo

FOR THE CHILDREN. Vice President Leni Robredo urged parents to rise up against the culture of apathy and impunity to build a better nation for their children. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

#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

A lethal mix? Death penalty and a 'flawed, corrupt' justice system

Dec 03, 2016 - 9:00 PM

In People v Mateo in 2004 the Supreme Court says 71 77 of death penalty verdicts handed by lower courts were wrong The SC reduced the sentences to life imprisonment and even acquittal

LETHAL. Critics say a 'flawed and corrupt' justice system should be fixed first before even considering the revival of the death penalty.

Diokno to Duterte: Why the continued state of nat'l emergency?

Oct 22, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Jose Manuel Diokno dean of the De La Salle University College of Law also says the involvement of the military in the war on drugs is questionable with or without a state of national emergency

De Lima to public: 'Fight greatest fight since EDSA People Power'

Oct 14, 2016 - 7:44 AM

My battles are my own says the senator The battlefield is actually the Filipino people’s minds Social media has been weaponized

President Duterte, do not kill in my name

Jul 08, 2016 - 2:45 PM

The bandwagon that the President has created is a bandwagon of hate

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.

NHCP: Manila should enact laws to protect Rizal Monument

Sep 01, 2015 - 6:49 PM

The NHCP says local governments are in the best position to impose building height restrictions and other rules that would protect historical landmarks

PHOTOBOMBER? The NHCP says it urged local governments to enact ordinances and zoning regulations to protect cultural artifacts and monuments. Rappler photo

EXCLUSIVE: No master’s degrees for Ralph Recto

Aug 21, 2015 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED The senator apologizes for false claims in his bio data

SolGen no longer NHCP counsel in Torre de Manila case

Aug 19, 2015 - 11:58 PM

The Solicitor General says continuing to represent the NHCP would compromise the statutory duty to articulate a legal argument that will best serve its ultimate client the Republic

NO LONGER NHCP COUNSEL. The Solicitor General will no longer represent the NHCP in the case against the controversial Torre de Manila project. Rappler Rappler

Q and A: Jose Manuel Diokno on plunder and the judiciary

Jul 07, 2014 - 9:00 AM

The biggest problem that we have in the judiciary one third of our courts are vacant We have no judges 27 of our trial courts have no judges So how can you expect us to have speedy cases?

Palace: Tan, Jardeleza 'qualified' for SC post

Mar 21, 2014 - 6:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda however says President Aquino will keep his distance from the SC nomination process until he gets the JBC shortlist

Yoly Ong files P88-M counterclaim vs Enrile

Jan 24, 2013 - 8:39 AM

The ad veteran gets human rights lawyer Chel Diokno to defend her against Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and vows to give the money to Marcos victims

Who are the 7 nominees for SC justice?

Nov 07, 2012 - 4:14 PM

President Aquino has until November 22 to name the next justice of the Supreme Court

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Diokno: Poor identify law with 'naked power'

Jul 24, 2012 - 3:39 PM

Dean Jose Manuel Diokno wants the Judicial and Bar Council to have non lawyer members

2 CA justices decline CJ nomination

Jun 25, 2012 - 6:11 PM

There are now 65 nominees for the post of chief justice

2010 presidential wannabe eyes CJ post

Jun 21, 2012 - 8:28 PM

Ferdinand Jose Pijao a nuisance candidate in the 2010 presidential elections wants to try his luck getting into the judiciary

[UPDATE] SC Justices Bernabe, Del Castillo decline CJ nomination

Jun 20, 2012 - 6:42 PM

There are now 12 SC justices nominated for chief justice

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Rappler Newscast | May 11, 2012

May 11, 2012 - 8:26 PM

Dean Jose Manuel Diokno says summoning the Ombusdman may be a defense ‘ploy’ Filipinos protest Beijing’s arrogance And Mon Tulfo talks about the Tulfo testosterone and revenge

The legalese disease

Feb 11, 2012 - 1:41 PM

Lawyers have a peculiar language We use words that only lawyers and no one else in the entire universe understand

Lawyers to Senators: Make up your mind

Jan 25, 2012 - 11:24 AM

Senate President should make sure all parties are on same page in the trial they add

INTERVIEW. Maria Ressa interviews Ted Te via Skype on January 24.

Impeachment trial: Here we go again

Jan 15, 2012 - 10:03 PM

Take a look back at the Estrada impeachment trial relive the lessons and learn what s at stake with the Chief Justice on trial

HERE WE GO AGAIN. From former president Joseph Estrada to Supreme Court chief justice Renato Corona, Filipinos will witness another impeachment trial

A tale of 2 impeachment trials

Jan 15, 2012 - 6:48 PM

The characters peculiarities and lessons in the Estrada and Corona impeachment trials

NOW AND THEN. Renato Corona and Joseph Estrada share the same fate. Will Corona's trial end up differently?