ABSOLUTELY THRILLED TO BE WRONG

When we argued against COMELEC-Smartmatic-TIM’s automated election system before the Supreme Court last year, we started our arguments by highlighting logistical nightmares that will surely mar an untested automated system. We likened this year’s automated system to the Automated Teller Machines. We said that unlike COMELEC’s overnight implementation of a nationwide Automated Election System (AES), […]

CCM’S RESPONSE TO SMARTMATIC’S OFFER: “GIVE US YOUR PASSPORTS”

The Concerned Citizens Movement accepted the offer of Cesar Flores of Smartmatic to turn over his passport as proof that they will not escape from the country. “We are calling in your bluff. Give us all your passports and we will turn them over to Archbishop Oscar Cruz for safekeeping”, declared UP Law Prof. Harry […]

Why Agra should be happy

The recent decision of Acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra reversing his earlier decision to absolve Zaldy and Akmad Ampatuan from multiple charges filed against them for the Maguindanao massacre is a reason for Agra himself to celebrate. Until the reversal, he came close to beating Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s notoriety as the most hated public officer […]

INITIAL OBSERVATIONS FROM MISSION TO MAGUINDANAO

The independent Investigative team consisting of Mr. Chris Cobb-Smith and myself was contacted by Atty. Harry Roque of Centerlaw for the purpose of an independent account based on forensic evidence on behalf of the victims. The mission was conducted in partnership with the Commission on Human Rights which has the constitutional mandate to conduct investigations […]

On the Maguindanao Ampatuan Massacre

Centerlaw condemns “darkest hour in Philippine journalism” Reference: Atty. H. Harry L. Roque, Jr.   +639175398096 Manila, Philippines – The Center for International Law (CENTERLAW) condemns in the strongest possible terms the alleged abduction and execution of 40 people in Maguindanao, including 20 local journalists, in what is reported to be an election-related violence.  “We join […]

GADIAN’S DILEMMA:BANTAY SALAKAY (AN INSIDE JOB)

With the 9th Division of the Court of Appeals granting Navy Lt. Sr. Grade Nancy Gadian a Protection Order, the latter has without a doubt, been vindicated. Obviously, we, – Lt SG Mary Nancy Gadian and her lawyers and supporters – are also elated and grateful to both the Supreme Court for granting her a […]

Dangerous Seas

  The collision between a Chinese submarine and an underwater radar being towed by a U.S. military ship in waters off the coast of Subic underlies the security threats to the Philippines caused by the recent passage of the new baselines law. This recent incident shows how the Philippine waters could become a danger to […]

MARTIN’S LUPANG HINIRANG: MAY BE IN BAD TASTE, BUT CONSTITUTIONAL

In the ongoing debate about whether Martin Nievera’s rendition of Lupang Hinirang during the Pacquiao-Hatton fight should be the subject of criminal prosecution for allegedly violating the Flag law, reliance has been had on the literal provision of the law which prohibits the ‘rendering of the song’ in a manner that departs from the original […]

The Filipino Triumphs!

By now, people from arond the world should know that Manny Pacquiao has triumphed anew. The victory was particularly sweet given that the opponent was not just another Mexican, but a true blue caucasian, a Brit at that. This proves once and for all that the Pinoy can be truly great, and not just world […]