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Manila chief inquest prosecutor shot dead

Jul 07, 2020 - 1:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Police say Manila chief inquest prosecutor Jovencio Senados was in his car when he was gunned down in Quirino Avenue in Manila before noon on July 7

AMBUSH. Police collect evidence from the vehicle of Jovencio Senados, 62, chief fiscal of the Manila City Prosecutors Office, who was  gunned down by unidentified men in Quirino Avenue, Manila on July 7, 2020. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

Anti-terror law's next battleground: Crafting of IRR, Supreme Court

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:54 PM

'Labag ito sa karapatang nakasaad sa Saligang Batas, kung kaya't dapat ito ibasura ng Korte Suprema,' says Akbayan

ANTI-TERROR LAW. Protesters assemble at the University Avenue in UP Diliman on June 12, 2020, for the Grand Mañanita Independence Day protest. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SC urged: Compel Duterte gov’t to conduct ‘mass testing’

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:34 PM

Petitioners led by former social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo also ask the High Court to compel the government to ramp up contact tracing efforts and release timely, accurate, and complete information on the pandemic

RIGHT TO HEALTH. Petitioners file a petition for mandamus asking the Supreme Court to compel the government to do free mass testing. Sourced photo RIGHT TO HEALTH. Petitioners file a petition for mandamus asking the Supreme Court to compel the government to do free mass testing. Sourced photo

Critics ready to petition vs anti-terror bill – and Carpio is one of them

Jun 17, 2020 - 6:47 PM

'If we do not want to experience a contraction of our civil liberties we must all work to have the objectionable provisions in the anti-terrorism act invalidated by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress'


Law experts: 12-year prescription period for cyber libel unconstitutional

Jun 16, 2020 - 6:07 PM

'The overriding issue in the Rappler case is prescription,' says retired supreme court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio, who agrees that cyber libel must prescribe in 1 year, not 12 years

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa faces the media after the Manila Trial Court Branch 46 convicted her and co-accused Reynaldo Santos Jr of cyber libel. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Lawyers' group: Lacson 'dead wrong,' bill allows anti-terror council to order arrests

Jun 13, 2020 - 3:12 PM

Section 29 of the bill is very clear on the power of the anti-terror council to order arrests and detention lasting up to 24 days

ANTI-TERROR BILL. Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, an author and sponsor of the anti-terror bill, defends the measure from strong oppositions of legal groups. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Can lawyers' growing calls vs anti-terror bill be crossroads for Duterte?

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:29 PM

'Nakakatakot,' says former vice president Jejomar Binay of the anti-terror bill as he joins fellow lawyers for a picket in front of the Supreme Court

'Reject this': Human rights lawyers up in arms vs 'repressive' anti-terror bill

Jun 02, 2020 - 11:45 AM

'The attempt to use the anti-terror bill as a tool for repression rather than for thwarting terrorism is appalling,' says the Ateneo Human Rights Center, which calls for its rejection

MONITOR. Amendments to the Human Security act eye longer periods of surveillance and detention.


[OPINION] Beyond rhetoric: How to improve legal education in the Philippines

May 07, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'What we really need are lawyers who will choose legal education, and not just if free time will allow it'

41 activists, lawyer in Iloilo freed after labor day arrest

May 02, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Each had to post a P12,000 bail

ARRESTED. Lawyer Angelo Guillen is arrested for legally assisting activists who were arrested by the police on May 1, 2020, during an attempt to hold a protest. Photo courtesy of NUPL


Supreme Court told: Non-release of vulnerable prisoners can cause riots

Apr 27, 2020 - 5:23 PM

'Death, violence and riots can also break out if the pandemic is left unchecked in prisons,' petitioners warn, even as the public health system is overwhelmed

PRISONS. In this photo taken on March 27, 2020, prison inmates lie to sleep at the crowded courtyard of the Quezon City jail in Manila. - UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged countries to protect people held in overcrowded prisons and other enclosed facilities by releasing vulnerable detainees, saying COVID-19 "risks rampaging through such institutions". (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP)

Elderly prisoners, detainee with leprosy ask SC to release them amid pandemic

Apr 08, 2020 - 12:10 PM

The petitioners use the Enrile doctrine to bail them out as the Philippines deals with the coronavirus crisis

PETITION. (L-R) Nona Castillo, wife of Ferdinand Castillo; Jigs Clamor of Karapatan; Fides Lim of KAPATID and Krissy Conti of the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) file a petition on April 8, 2020, to ask for the release of political prisoners amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of Karapatan

In Duterte’s Philippines, lawyers are pandemic frontliners too

Apr 07, 2020 - 2:40 PM

The case of San Roque 21 was a stress test of the electronic judicial system – with notable gaps that had lawyers stepping out of their homes

FRONTLINE. Lawyer Michael De Castro at the Quezon City Hall of Justice to legally assist the 21 urban poor residents arrested for unlawful assembly during the coronavirus lockdown. Photo courtesy of Nanoy Rafael

Immigration lawyers sue U.S. government over coronavirus risks

Mar 31, 2020 - 3:03 PM

The American Immigration Lawyers Association says the government has refused to guarantee the safety of their members as well as due process for immigrants

'24 hour-curfews are unconstitutional and excessive'

Mar 23, 2020 - 11:25 AM

24-hour curfews are outright denials of the right to travel and movement, human rights lawyers say

CURFEW. 120 adults and 15 minors sit in a social distancing manner after they were apprehended by patrolling police for violating the curfew of the enhanced community quarantine at Barangay Batasan in Quezon City on Monday midnight, March 23. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Rising lawyer killings adds pressure point for Duterte in U.N. rights council

Mar 07, 2020 - 12:19 PM

In Geneva, groups highlight the killings of 48 lawyers in the Philippines under the Duterte administration, as the United Nations Human Rights Council prepares to release a report on the country

PHILIPPINE REPORT. UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet will release her comprehensive report on the Philippine human rights situation in June 2020. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

Lawyer killed in Nueva Ecija, 48th since 2016

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:24 PM

Bayani Dalangin was killed in his office in Talavera town, Nueva Ecija, says the Integrated Bar of the Philippines

Lawyer killed in front of Pampanga church

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:44 PM

Police say lawyer Anselmo Carlos and his driver Marcial Mendoza were killed by 3 motorcycle-riding men in front of the San Vicente Parish Church in Sta Rita, Pampanga

Singapore denies 'coup de grace' for botched executions

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:35 PM

Malaysia-based Lawyers for Liberty alleges Singapore prison officers had been instructed to manually break the necks of prisoners if the rope used to hang them broke during executions

[OPINION] The Ampatuan massacre in the eyes of an aspiring lawyer

Dec 23, 2019 - 2:34 PM

'The road does not end here, as legal remedies for the convicts are still in place. We must keep an eye out.'

Lawyer group seeks TRO against 5 motorcycle taxi firms

Dec 09, 2019 - 12:40 PM

The group Lawyers for Commuter Safety and Protection says these motorcycle taxi firms give no assurance of commuter safety, since they do not have a track record and are not being monitored

PETITION. Members of the Lawyers for Commuter Safety and Protection group file a petition for injunction against 5 unregulated motorcycle taxi firms. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Tension rises in progressives’ forum as Parlade gate-crashes

Nov 27, 2019 - 9:06 PM

Major General Antonio Parlade is booed out of the Quezon City Sports Club

TENSION. Army Major General Antonio Parlade is booed out of an event of progressive groups on November 27, 2019. Photo sourced by Rappler

Amid crackdown, IBP agrees to 'briefing' by anti-communism body

Nov 22, 2019 - 9:58 AM

'In the first place communism isn’t outlawed as a belief and membership in the communist party is no longer a crime. So why even bother to listen to such a briefing?' says Law professor and human rights lawyer Ted Te

ANTI-COMMUNISM BRIEFING. IBP national president Domingo "Egon" Cayosa defends the anti-communism briefing as being "helpful" for lawyers to make informed decision. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Fight impunity, 2019 Bar takers told

Nov 03, 2019 - 2:52 PM

In its message to Bar candidates, Malacañang meanwhile says, 'Rise to the challenge'

2019 BAR EXAMS. Thousands of aspiring lawyers take their first Bar Exam at the University of Santo Tomas on November 3, 2019. Photos by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Calida calls Quezon youth activist 'pa-victim'

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The military files charges against youth activist Alexandrea Pacalda 8 days after holding her in custody without a warrant

HABEAS CORPUS. A petition for habeas corpus is filed with the Supreme Court on September 23, 2019, to demand the release of youth activist Alexandrea Pacalda who is in the custody of the military. Photo from Karapatan

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.

LAW PROFESSION. Wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.com

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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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