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On Ayungin: Conquest No Longer Valid Means to AcquireTerritory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 […]

China’s retaliation?

Former Secretary Raffy Alunan warned on ANC this week that China will retaliate in response to our filing of our Memorial in our  pending arbitration against China under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Citing the earlier move of China in banning the entry of our bananas into their territory, Alunan […]

Centerlaw Statement on the Maguindanao Massacre Prosecution

Centerlaw supports the public prosecutors in their decision to rest the case against the 28 accused last March 4. Centerlaw, an affiliate of Media Legal Defence – Southeast Asia, represents families of 13 media victims and 2 other civilian victims. With this decision to rest, the prosecution panel has completed its role in presenting evidence […]

Forum on “Philippine Legal Compliance to the 2015 ASEAN Economic Community: Solutions to Legal Challenges

The UP Institute of International Legal Studies (IILS), in cooperation with the School of Economics, is inviting everyone to a forum entitled “Philippine Legal  Compliance to the 2015 ASEAN Economic Community: Solutions to Legal Challenges” on Tuesday, March 25, 2014,  at 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Malcolm Theater, University of the Philippines College […]

Our obsession with Bar topnotchers

The UP College of Law topped anew the 2014 Bar examinations with my student, Nielsen Pangan, placing first. His schoolmate, Mark Oyales, bagged the second place. Three other students from UP Law landed in the top 10: Eden Mopia was fourth, Michael Tiu was eighth and Cyril Arnesto was tenth. This was the first time […]

China’s thrust for Ayungin and Marinduque's options

The news reported that China had recently blocked delivery of food supplies to our troops holed up in a derelict US ship in Ayungin shoal. To many, this is another first since it is the very first concrete step taken by China to take possession of the disputed shoal from us. In reality, though, this […]

Why the invasion of Ukraine concerns us

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine highlights how some countries can so easily breach the United Nations Charter provision on the prohibition on the use of force. Imperfect as the Charter may be, it has still achieved a tenuous peace since World War II by prohibiting resort to force except in two very well defined exceptions: self-defense, […]

High court on libel: Lost in overbreadth

The recent Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of libel under the Revised Penal Code and under Section 4 C (4) of the cybercrime prevention law but declaring the crimes of aiding and abetting cyberlibel unconstitutional are contradictory rulings, which can only be because of the court’s misappreciation of the doctrine of “overbreadth.” There is […]

Rejoice for Edsa 28?

We commemorated the 28th anniversary of the first People Power Revolution this week. As is customary, we ask the question: are we better off today, 28 years after the dictatorship? In fairness to everybody, we are definitely better off living in today’s nominal democracy compared to the absolute dictatorship of the past. For one, we […]

The fight versus cyberlibel continues

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of libel in the Cybercrimes Prevention Act of 2012. This is both unfortunate and disturbing. Our Supreme Court, as early as Angara vs. Electoral Tribunal, is recognized as a co-equal branch of government despite its lack of political and military power because its task is to uphold […]