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Rappler Talk: Threats to rule of law under Duterte

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:38 AM

Is it time for lawyers in the Philippines to take to the streets, just like what the world saw in Hong Kong?

PH lawyers revive decade-old group to protest Duterte policies

Sep 23, 2019 - 8:15 PM

'Not since the dark years of Martial Law have our civil liberties and fundamental rights been threatened and blatantly violated with such brazen impunity,' says the group Concerned Lawyers for Civil Liberties

REVIVAL. The Concerned Lawyers for Civil Liberties (CLCL), first formed in 2006, is revived to protest the "repressive" policies of the Duterte government. Photo by Rappler

'Red-tagged' anti-mining lawyer survives ambush in Capiz

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:05 PM

In NUPL's latest update, there have been 47 judges, prosecutors and lawyers killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took power in 2016

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NUPL blasts 'ineffective' writ of amparo after CA junks protection plea

Jul 29, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Is the writ of amparo still an effective remedy in the time of President Rodrigo Duterte?

RED-TAGGING. The National Union of Peoples' Laywers (NUPL) holds a protest after filing a petition at Supreme Court on April 15, 2019, after the Armed Forces of the Philippines tagged them as communists. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

De Lima seeks Senate probe into killings of lawyers, judges under Duterte gov't

Jul 27, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima says the 'targeted and systematic attacks' against members of the Bar are detrimental not only to the profession, but also to those who turn to them for justice

PROBE KILLINGS. Senator Leila de Lima seeks an investigation into the high number of lawyers, judges, and prosecutors killed under the Duterte administration.

Duterte admin dismisses red-tagging petition as 'implausible'

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Human rights lawyers are on a slight disadvantage because the Court of Appeals has already denied their request for a protection order

WRIT OF AMPARO. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) await the decision of the Court of Appeals on their petition for a writ of amparo. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Rights groups: Pass U.N. resolution vs PH drug war killings now

Jul 11, 2019 - 10:45 AM

'There’s no other time,' say Philippine human rights groups attending the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Duterte gov't says human rights lawyers don't need SC protection order

May 09, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida also tells the Supreme Court that President Rodrigo Duterte cannot be impleaded in the writ of amparo

PROTECTIVE WRITS. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) run to the Supreme Court on April 15, 2019, to ask for a Writ of Amparo and a Writ of Habeas Data citing threats from the military. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Groups hit 'pattern of attacks' against democratic institutions

May 08, 2019 - 1:43 PM

'Papatayin nila ang demokrasya kaya anyone who helps in strengthening democracy...sisirain nila kasi media is one of the pillars of democracy,' says Vera Files president Ellen Tordesillas

TRUE MATRIX. Some of the individuals linked to the so-called "Oust-Duterte matrix" gathered at the University of the Philippines Diliman for a forum organized by the Third World Studies Center on Tuesday, May 7. Photo by Kurt Dela Peña/Rappler

Michael Cohen, Trump's one-time aide who turned on him, goes to jail

May 06, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The longtime Trump admirer who once said he was ready to 'take a bullet' for Trump is awaited at the federal prison in Otisville, New York

HUSH MONEY. Donald Trump file photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP. Michael Cohen file photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

SC to gov't: Explain red-tagging, West PH Sea neglect

May 05, 2019 - 3:20 PM

In the case of the writ of amparo for human rights lawyers, it's President Rodrigo Duterte himself who must submit a response to the Supreme Court

RETURN OF WRITS. President Rodrigo Duterte and his government must submit a return of the writs of amparo and kalikasan issued to human rights lawyers who have sued them for army harrassment and West Philippine Sea neglect.

Wife of jailed China rights lawyer pleads to see him

May 03, 2019 - 9:39 PM

'My concern is that from the time he was arrested, no one has seen Wang Quanzhang, not even the lawyers that we hired,' his wife Li Wenzu says

Lawyers score SC victories vs army harassment, West PH Sea neglect

May 03, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Writs of amparo and kalikasan are issued on the same day in favor of human rights groups which sued the Duterte administration in two separate petitions

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

NUPL asks Supreme Court for protection order after ’Oust Duterte matrix' tag

Apr 25, 2019 - 12:57 PM

‘The continuous attacks...show the government’s disregard of the court processes and their resolve to threaten, harass, intimidate and further endanger the life, liberty and security of the petitioners,’ the human rights lawyers tell the SC

Human rights law group calls Oust Duterte plot ‘rubbish'

Apr 22, 2019 - 2:49 PM

(UPDATED) In Malacañang, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the supposed intel info should be trusted because it came from Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the Caraga State University in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte on April 21, 2019. ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The legal profession has a mental health problem – which is an issue for everyone

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Contrary to typical cultural representations of lawyers, such as those typified by Suits, lawyers are not superhuman. Our research – and that of others – has indicated that this as a dangerous assumption to make.

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Human rights lawyers seek Supreme Court protection from army ‘harassment’

Apr 15, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers says that since the start of Duterte's presidency, a total of 55 lawyers have been attacked or threatened, 36 of whom were killed

PROTECTIVE WRITS. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) run to the Supreme Court to ask for a Writ of Amparo and a Writ of Habeas Data citing threats from the military. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Foreign delegation probing lawyer killings in PH claims heavy surveillance

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:34 PM

Both the police and the military snub the international delegation of lawyers who managed to secure interviews with prosecutors and judges

SURVEYED. The 9-man international delegation of lawyers who visited the Philippines to investigate 37 cases of lawyer killings claim heavy surveillance during their stay. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

NUPL appeals SC ruling on Boracay closure

Mar 19, 2019 - 1:49 PM

In its appeal, the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers tells the Supreme Court that its grounds for ruling against Leila de Lima’s 2011 travel ban against Gloria Arroyo should also apply to Duterte's Boracay closure order

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

International probers: No effective investigation of lawyer killings in PH

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Policemen, the foreign lawyers say, are not conducting initial investigations, and prosecutors are left to wait for police reports that do not come

LAWYER KILLINGS. An international delegation of lawyers finds that here is no sufficient and effective investigation into the killings of lawyers, prosecutors and judges in the Philippines. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Malaysia accused of U-turn on death penalty abolition

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:46 PM

The government will only repeal the mandatory death penalty, which means it will be at a judge's discretion whether to order someone to hang or send them to jail for offenses where a death sentence is currently mandatory

DEATH PENALTY. As a pedestrian (L) walks past, a grim message of Malaysia's mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking adorns the perimeter wall of the historic Pudu Jail downtown Kuala Lumpur on November 1, 2007. File photo by Tengku Bahar/AFP

Missing Chinese rights lawyer returns home but 'still not free' – wife

Mar 04, 2019 - 11:10 AM

'After not seeing each other for 6 years, we were finally able to talk and video chat,' Jin Bianling, wife of Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, tells AFP

This handout video frame grab taken and released by Changsha Intermediate People's Court on August 22, 2017 shows Chinese rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong (C) appearing in court in Changsha in China's central Hunan province. A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer whose case has drawn international concerns confessed to charges of "inciting subversion of state power" on August 22 in what Amnesty International dubbed a "sham trial". Handout / Changsha Intermediate People's Court / AFP

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Feb 28, 2019 - 9:19 PM

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Cagayan de Oro rights groups slam arrest of two activists

Jan 30, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Human rights groups describe as illegal arrests a police team's apprehension of activists Datu Jomorito Goaynon and Ireneo Edarbe

ARRESTED. Human rights activists in Cagayan de Oro demand the release of activists Ireneo Edarbe and Datu Jomorito Goaynon on Monday, January 28, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Moscow demands 'clear explanation' of US charges against Russian lawyer

Jan 11, 2019 - 7:40 PM

A spokeswoman of the Russian foreign ministry says 'criminal cases based on unclear claims' against Russians in the United States have become a 'habit' for US justice

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 8, 2016 shows Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaking during an interview in Moscow. New York prosecutors unveiled an indictment on january 8, 2019 of the Russian lawyer whose participation in a June 2016 meeting with top officials of President Donald Trump's election campaign has given rise to allegations of collusion. Natalya Veselnitskaya was charged with fabricating evidence in a separate 2013 money laundering case the US filed against a Russian company, Prevezon Holdings, which was allegedly involved in a $230 million tax fraud scheme in Moscow. Yury MARTYANOV / Kommersant Photo / AFP

'Save your last vote for me': Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal aims for a win

Dec 11, 2018 - 4:31 PM

'I know the law, but I don’t know the political side of an election,' says Romulo Macalintal, as he prepares for his senatorial bid in May 2019

Atty. Romulo Macalintal files his certificate of candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Child abuse complaint filed vs Sagay police over massacre case

Dec 04, 2018 - 5:08 PM

NUPL's Kathy Panguban claims that the police have been using an estranged father to get his son to testify that NPA rebels are behind the Sagay massacre

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

PH Bar Association on lawyers' killings: 'End this madness'

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The organization calls the killings a 'vicious and mortal assault on the very institution, the system that promises justice for all'

Rappler Talk: PH Bar Association's Jose Agcaoili on seeking justice for slain lawyers

Nov 25, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks with Philippine Bar Association president Jose Agcaoili to discuss the killings of members of the legal profession in recent years

[OPINION] To Yesha and the Ramos children

Nov 17, 2018 - 12:05 AM

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

Duterte blasts communists: Why would I kill a lawyer?

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:16 PM

'Napaka-small time ko naman. Why would I assassinate him?' says President Rodrigo Duterte days after human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos was killed

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech after leading the ceremonial distribution of the Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to the Region 10 beneficiaries held at the USTP Gymnasium, Claro M. Recto Avenue in Cagayan de Oro City on October 31, 2018. Malacañang photo

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

Nov 08, 2018 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) 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

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

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?

No 'special treatment' for lawyers who break the law

Aug 20, 2018 - 1:23 PM

'Hindi tayo pwedeng magbigay ng special treatment kahit kanino,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

NO 'FEAR OR FAVOR.' PNP chief Oscar Albayalde at the Camp Crame press briefing on Monday, August 20. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Lawyers of the Philippines, unite!

Aug 17, 2018 - 1:00 PM

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.'

Ex-CA Justice Ricardo Puno Sr dies

Jul 25, 2018 - 10:19 AM

Former Court of Appeals justice Ricardo Puno Sr dies at age 95

Former Supreme Court justice Ricardo Puno Sr. Photo from the Facebook page of Robbie Puno

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.

New lawyers risk contempt with purple ribbon at Supreme Court rites

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:56 AM

'The Supreme Court is not infallible. Only the Constitution is supreme,' says young lawyer Audrey Ng

[OPINION] Bar Bulletin No. 26: Has the Supreme Court unintentionally restrained free speech?

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Warning participants against 'undermin[ing] the safe and orderly conduct' of the oath-taking ceremonies for new lawyers intentionally or unintentionally limit public criticism of the court

SC warns lawyers: Disrupt oath-taking ceremony decorum, face contempt

May 30, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The warning is interpreted as a cautious move against any possible show of opposition towards the Sereno ouster

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.

Trouble in OGCC? Chief Jurado hits lawyers with 'secret' allowances

May 24, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Days before lawyers in his office accused him of corrupt acts, Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Philip Jurado sent a memo to the justice department and Malacañang about the extra compensation that the lawyers receive from OGCC clients

ALLOWANCES. Auditors flag excess compensation given to Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) lawyers; money that chief counsel Rudolf Jurado called as "secret allowances."

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

Supreme Court employees, judges group hail decision to oust Sereno

May 21, 2018 - 10:50 AM

'The interpretation and application of the Constitution, laws and rules exclusively belong to the Supreme Court,' say the employees in a statement read in the presence of justices

Former SC chief justice speaks at a forum at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler