The Best and the Worse

The coming of a new year gives us the chance to review the year that is soon to end. Here is my list of the best and the worse of the year 2010: The Best: 1. GMA ceased to the President- What good news for those who could not last another day of an Arroyo […]

A Christmas tribute to Trillanes

I was ambivalent when I first saw Antonio Trillanes IV on television. But there he was, a very young man, taking a clear and unequivocal stand against evil in government. My ambivalence may have something to do with four years of brainwashing called law school. Like military cadets, we were brainwashed to think that the […]

Senator Lacson and the Webb case

The Webb acquittal proves that Senator Panfilo Lacson is right: the Philippine justice system is an absolute failure. No less than a complete overhaul of the system is required to make it work anew. Let me count the reasons: One, it took 19 long years for the Philippines to finally dismiss the criminal case for […]

Anger as Philippines says will skip Nobel ceremony -AFP

Anger as Philippines says will skip Nobel ceremony AFP – Thursday, December 9SendIM StoryPrint MANILA (AFP) – – The Philippines confirmed on Thursday it would skip the Nobel peace prize ceremony for Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo following pressure from China, triggering anger from human rights advocates. The decision by one of Asia’s most vibrant democracies […]


I expected the recent decision of the Supreme Court declaring EO 1 creating the Truth Commission unconstitutional. I did so because I have known since the appointment of its current Chief Justice, that the court is one of the many institutions that have been weakened by former president Gloria Arroyo to ensure her impunity. In […]

Philippine government decision to boycott Nobel Prize a blow to free expression

The Center for International Law (CenterLaw) urged the Philippine government yesterday not to bow to Chinese pressure to withdraw its participation in the Nobel Peace Prize awarding ceremonies for jailed Chinese pro-democracy dissident Liu Xiabo, saying a withdrawal “is a blow to the cause of free expression.” “More than ever, we are called to uphold […]

Gloria Arroyo must be happy with De Lima By Ellen Tordesillas

I applauded Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for the excellent job she did in the investigation of the Aug. 23 hostage-taking tragedy. I admired her for standing her ground with the recommendations of the Incident Investigation Review Committee even as President Aquino did not adopt them to protect persons close to him. But I am […]

Wanted: A Regional Human Rights Body

On October 23rd, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) officially inaugurated the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). Amongst its purposes is to “to promote human rights within the regional context, bearing in mind national and regional particularities and mutual respect for different historical, cultural and religious backgrounds, and taking into account the […]