Please click the link below for a copy of the “PETITION FOR CERTIORARI AND PROHIBITION [With Prayer For The Issuance of Temporary Restraining Order And/Or Writ of Preliminary Injunction]” vs the resurrected PDAF and DAP filed yesterday, 1 September 2015 at the Supreme Court GR219717_Petition090115

Centerlaw warns DOJ against overreaching in INC case

Centerlaw release Reference: Prof. Harry L. Roque, Jr. 09175398096   The Center for International Law (Centerlaw) cautioned the Department of Justice yesterday against overreaching in its investigation on the allegations of an expelled minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo against the influential indigenous Filipino church.   “The freedom of expression and of religion occupy the […]

Enrile and the laws of humanity

I have never been a supporter of Juan Ponce Enrile. He was the strong arm of martial law and he got away with it. While Marcos and his cronies had to flee the country after 1986, he stayed as a hero and managed to keep his loot intact. Even at the height of his popularity […]


Please click here for a copy of the omnibus order Lawyer Harry Roque, Jr. called on Bureau of Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina to resign from his post, calling him hollow block faced. “Commissioner Lina should resign immediately. He has been rebuff by both the Executive and Judicial Departments, unless he is hollow block faced in his […]

The Bureau of Customs and the Balikbayan Box

Press Release References: Atty. H. Harry L. Roque Jr. and Atty. Joel R. Butuyan The public is invited to attend our press conference this Tuesday, 25 August 2015, at 11:30 am, regarding Bureau of Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina’s move to inspect/tax balikbayan boxes and to cancel a PhP 650-million contract to establish an integrated customs. […]

The Iglesia’s religious freedom

I’m perplexed and disturbed by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s continuing investigation against the Iglesia ni Cristo for an alleged incident of abduction. To begin with, the National Bureau of Investigation, the investigative arm of the DOJ, had already conducted an investigation and has concluded that there was no abduction. According to Atty. Manuel Eduarte, […]

De Lima: Respect Freedom of Religion

Centerlaw release Reference Prof. H. Harry L. Roque, Jr. UP College of Law Professor Harry L. Roque today called on Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima to respect the freedom of religion of Iglesia ni Cristo. “Sec. De Lima should cease and desist from her witch hunt of Iglesia ni Cristo. In the absence of […]

State universities

Two issues have hounded two state universities lately. The first was why, according to Malacanang, the Cavite State University required its students to watch Vice President Jejomar Binay’s True State of the Nation Address. The other is the lack of dormitories in my university, UP Diliman. I have previously written that the Vice-President’s TSONA was […]

A terrific speech

In stark contrast to P Noy’s State of the Nations Address, VP Jojo Binay’s True State of the Nation Address was simply terrific. To begin with, it was short, concise and straight to the point. It took no more than 50 minutes, which is the right length of a major speech. It was based on […]

Philippines should push Canada on toxic wastes

For reference: Atty. Harry L. Roque, Jr. 09175398096 Chairperson, Center for International Law     The Philippines should vigorously pursue the liability of Canada under international environmental law – in particular under the Basel Convention – for exporting to the country without the latter’s consent 50 40-footer container vans of hazardous wastes, according to a […]

A lousy speech

That was the lousiest State-of-the-Nation Address I have ever heard. To begin with, the President showed disrespect to his listeners by speaking for more than two hours. The duty to report on the state of the nation is mandated by the Constitution itself. In the discharge of this obligation, the President should have been more […]

The true state of the nation

In fairness to this administration, it would be difficult to discuss the true state of a nation in a 700-word commentary. So instead of discussing all aspects of our lives under PNoy, I will focus on two particular areas, to wit: the promised anti-corruption drive of the administration under the slogan of “daang matuwid,” and […]

Making a mockery of Supreme Court decisions

We knew they would resurrect the Priority Development Assistance Fund and Disbursement Acceleration Program eventually. What we did not expect is that they would do so immediately after the Supreme Court had declared both the PDAF and DAP as being unconstitutional. Talk of being brazen. Talk of being shameless. Talk of being contemptuous. In a […]