The Cybercrime Law: What’s next?

I just read media reports that the Supreme Court had just denied all pending motions for reconsideration on its earlier ruling declaring the Cybercrime Prevention Act’s provision on libel as being constitutional. As counsel for journalists Alexander Adonis, Ellen Tordesillas et al., I am of course deeply disappointed with this latest turn of events. In […]

CENTERLAW Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision to Dismiss the Motions for Reconsideration Against the Constitutionality of Cyber Libel

“The Court will only have itself to blame if the International Community condemns its Decision on the Cyber Crime Prevention Law as contrary to Human Rights” (CENTERLAW Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision to Dismiss the Motions for Reconsideration Against the Constitutionality of Cyber Libel) Ref: Prof H. Harry L. Roque, Jr. The Center for […]

The tale of two envoys

  Two Ambassadors figured in the news recently. The first is the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the country. Josef Rychtar, who claims that MRT General Manager Vitangcol and others attempted to extract a 30 Million dollar bribe from a Czech company for the supply of additional rolling cars for the MRT. This supposed […]

Centerlaw re: SC decision on RH Law

The Supreme Court of the Philippines today upheld the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 10354, or the Reproductive Health (RH) Law. Center for International Law (Centerlaw), represented Senator Pia Cayetano and former Secretaries of Health Esperanza Cabral and Jaime Galvez-Tan who filed Petitions in Intervention with respect to the petitions brought before the Supreme Court […]

Andal "Unsay" Ampatuan vs Harry Roque

The Quezon City regional trial court has dismissed an indirect contempt charge against human rights lawyer Harry L. Roque, Jr.  filed in 2011 by a principal accused in the Maguindanao massacre case – Andal “Datu Unsay” Ampatuan Jr. – over a History Channel interview the lawyer gave a year before on the celebrated case. Branch […]

On Ayungin: Conquest No Longer Valid Means to AcquireTerritory

  Even if China were to remove the Sierra Madre from Ayungin shoal and build yet another artificial island there, it will never acquire title over the area. The reason: International Law has long outlawed the acquisition of territory through conquest. China also better rethink whether it should tow-awau a commissioned naval vessel. Derelicit as […]

What happens now to JPE et al?

Now that the Ombudsman has found probable cause against three senators, Janet Napoles and Dennis Cunanan for plunder and violations of the anti-graft law, what happens next? Will they immediately be put behind bars and tried in the same manner that former President Erap Estrada was? Not quite. All indicted accused have the statutory right […]