In Defense of Freedoms

By now, too, it should be public knowledge that because I have seen the trailer, I was able to form a judgment that the controversial film is nothing but garbage. But unless I viewed it, I would not know what is in it. Hence, I would not be able to opine, as I do now, […]

Cybercrimes and Freedom of Expression

Despite the view of the United Nations Committee on Human Rights that Philippine criminal libel is contrary to Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) on freedom of expression, Congress and President Benigno Aquino III still enacted the Cybercrime Prevention Law which, among other things, added electronic libel as a new criminal offense. […]

Whistleblowers

What do Jun Lozada, Sandra Cam, Vidal Doble, and Primitivo Mijares have in common? They’re all whistleblowers whose guts enabled the nation to know about illegalities happening either in their offices or in their line of business. Jun Lozada was of course the trusted associate of former National Economic and Development Authority Secretary-General Romulo Neri […]

UP Law 1990 and Judicial Affidavits

You have to give it to Mark Meruenas of GMA news online. Of the ten or so reporters covering the Maguindanao massacre, only he reported that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s latest judicial reform, the use of judicial affidavits, has been practiced in the controversial case involving the gruesome death of 58 victims. In a […]