Do you know who was Suwaib Upham?

Would Justice secretary Agra have acted more favorably to the application for witness protection of Suwaib Upham if he had been presented to the DOJ by someone other than me or Centerlaw? A true commitment to justice should transcend personal prejudices. As a consequence of the secretary’s prejudice, a key witness who went to Manila […]

KEY WITNESS IN AMPATUAN MASSACRE SHOT DEAD

A key witness in the Maguindanao-Ampatuan massacre was shot dead last June 14, 2010 in Parang, Maguindanao. Suwaid Upham, who publicly surfaced under the name of “Jessie,” was shot to death by a still unidentified gunman. “Jessie” surfaced in March of this year to apply to be admitted into the Government’s Witness Protection Program. He […]

DEMOCRACY, DE LIMA AND DEMOCRACY

A third journalist was killed in a span of five days. Nestor Bedolido of Digos City was shot six times by a motorcycle riding assailant. Previously, two other journalists—Joselito Agustin from Laoag and  Desidario Camangyan from Mati City, bothe radio commentators —were also killed. Already, the number of journalists killed during the administration of Gloria […]

SINISTER BEHIND NAZARIO’S APPOINTMENT

Of the 250 reported midnight appointees of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, a particular appointment of a jurist stands out: that of retired Supreme Court Justice Minita Chico-Nazario as chair of the Philippine National Oil Company -Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC). The first obvious question is: why appoint a retired Justice of the highest court to a post […]

THE OMBUDSMAN AND PRESIDENTIAL IMPUNITY

The Ombudsman has dismissed anew the Concerned Citizens Movement’s complaint against Mrs. Gloria Arroyo and her husband for the botched NBN-ZTE scandal. In dismissing the case against Mrs. Arroyo, the Ombudsman recited anew the mantra that the President is absolutely immune from suits while in Office. At the same time, the Ombudsman, perhaps to appease […]

VICTIMS’ STATEMENT ON AMPATUAN’S “NIGHTLIFE” WHILE IN DETENTION

The 14 victims that Centerlaw represent in the on-going multiple murder cases against the Ampatuan clan for the Maguindanao massacre condemn in the strongest terms possible this latest special treatment accorded to the Ampatuans that allowed them to have a lavish party in their detention facility.At the onset, our victims have consistently decried these special […]

All IS NOT LOST WITH DEATH OF FOI BILL

“All is not lost with the death of the Freedom of Information Bill”, this was declared by Centerlaw Chair Prof. Harry Roque of the UP College of Law. “It is the Constitution that grants the people the right to information on matters involving public concerns. The failure of  Congress to pass the FOI law simply […]