Why pork barrel is unconstitutional

Hallelujah! This was my reaction when I learned about the Supreme Court decision declaring the pork barrel as unconstitutional. At long last, the pork barrel system through the Priority Development Assistance Fund, the Malampaya Funds, and the Presidential Social Funds, institutional forms of plunder of the country’s coffers, has been declared illegal. It does not matter […]

In response to …

In response to my Blog entry on the Chinese view on the Philippine arbitral claim on the West Philippine Sea, Judge Xue asked that I post the following disclaimer: “Judge Xue Hanqin wishes to reiterate that she participated in the 4th Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law held in New Delhi from […]

The Chinese view on the Philippine arbitration on the West Philippine Sea

Participants to the recently concluded 4th biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law in New Delhi, India last November 15, 2017 heard for the first time the Chinese position on the Philippine arbitral claim on the West Philippines Sea dispute. In the said conference, I delivered a paper entitled “What next after the […]

Request for coverage : 4th year commemoration of the Maguindanao massacre

For the 4th year commemoration of the Maguindanao massacre,  the Center for International Law (Centerlaw) will hold/attend the following activities: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 10:00 AM             Mass, Fr. Robert Reyes, celebrant Soliven Room, G/F Malcolm Hall, College of Law, UP Diliman 11:30 AM             Families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre will file petition at […]

Rejecting dictatorial powers

Credit should be given where it is due. President Noynoy Aquino should be commended for rejecting the option of exercising dictatorial powers. At a time when his popularity has gone on a free fall, courtesy partly of the bad mouths in charge of his communications, the President still rejected suggestions for him to be a […]

CENTERLAW Commends PNOY for Rejecting the Exercise of Dictatorial Powers

  Ref: Prof. H. Harry L. Roque, jr 09175398096 Centerlaw agrees with P Noy ‘s  decision not to impose Martial Law in Tacloban. Factually, it was reported that there has been a breakdown of law and order with looting and other crimes now rampant in the city most ravaged by Yolanda. While a despot would […]

Request for Coverage

A forum on “Increased Rotational Presence (IRP) Framework Agreement: Pros and Cons” will be held today, Monday, November 11, 2013, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the G/F Lecture Hall, Bocobo Hall, UP Law Center, Diliman, Quezon City. This is sponsored by the Institute of International Legal Studies (IILS) and Institute of Human Rights of the UP […]

Freedom of expression in ASEAN

(Posted in http://manilastandardtoday.com on November 6, 2013) I am in Bangkok, Thailand for training on media defense for lawyers from Cambodia, Vietnam and Burma. This is sponsored by Media Defense Southeast Asia with support from the Konrad Adenaur Stiftung and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. The prognosis is very bleak. All throughout […]