Democracy and the ARMM elections

I used to be uncertain about my position on the administration’s planned postponement of the elections at the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). I no longer am. The postponement appears to be the brainchild of a dear friend and law client, Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Lamas and is for the noblest of intentions: the […]

Congratulations, Mr. President

After 34 years, the Philippines has finally taken steps to ratify Additional Protocol 1 to the Geneva Conventions. AP1, as it is referred to, was entered into by the international community in 1977 to expand the coverage of protection to all civilians in times of armed conflict. Under the 1949 Geneva Conventions, only those civilians […]


No doubt that Osama Bin Laden is loathsome. He was accused by the civilized world for perpetrating the most murderous crime against humanity committed in recent years: the World Trade Center bombing that claimed the lives of at least 3000 civilian lives. He is also said to be the leader of the dreaded al Qaeda, […]

Press Freedom?

Yesterday was the occasion for the world to celebrate Press Freedom Day. As if to mark it, but with no prior plans, yesterday also marked the termination of the hearings in connection with the preliminary investigation for the murder of slain Palawan broadcaster, “Doc Gerry Ortega”. I was taken back with what Dr. Patty Ortega, […]


As Filipino journalists mark World Press Freedom Day today, the Center for International Law (CenterLaw) urges President Benigno Aquino III to move decisively against the forces of impunity that have continued to imperil free expression and freedom of the press in the country. “The killings targeting journalists have not stopped,” said CenterLaw Executive Director Romel […]